Hi everyone, I am new to chicken ownership. I bought 10 mixed breed pullets from tractor supply in April and am working on the coop. I wanted to get everyones opinion and hopefully get a few questions answered. Thanks for reading. I started with a precut 8x8 shed form menards. I was planning on building from scratch but when material was figured, it wasnt worth the trouble to cut everything myself. The time saved was definately worth the price difference. It was designed with floor joist at 24 inches on center. I bought 4 extra 2x4s and made it 12 inch on center. Definately worth it in the long run. I picked up the deck foundation blocks from the side of the road one day. Those are freebies. One mans trash is another mans treasure. Figured it was an easy way to get coop off the ground. Good thing too because a week after we built shed, it downpoured and I realized I set coop in a low spot in the yard. We may have to make some adjustments later. Standard 1/2 OSB for the floor. No big deal here. I had a lot of help from a friend who had both coop building experience and tools. He brought his portable air compressor as well as air nailers and staplers. Let me tell you, It would have taken me days without the air tools and by myself. The kit came with the drip edge, tar paper and 20 year shingles. Another selling point for me. oh, and the roofing nails. Cant forget those. I went another 8 feet off of side and buried 3 treated 4x4s. Then ran 2x4s across to keep it together. The top tier is another 4x4. I used 4x4s mainly becasue I got those free also (in-laws old playset) and becasue they are treated. Worked out great. I used some split rail type fenceing around the bottom 3 feet. Was also free, left over from a neighbor. They are 2x3 inch openings. I used chicken wire over the top and stapled it to the framing. Chicken wire was also free from my brothers. Anyone noticing a patten here? I spent some money up front for the kit but saved quite a bit down the road. I framed in a door for access to the run. I am hoping to not have to go in very often but wont be a problem now when I do. This is the chicken door into the coop. Designed it to slide up and down. I am going to hook it up to a cable so I can open and close it from outside the run area. It was nice and dry when I made it and now since all the rain we have gotten, the wood has swelled and is hard to slide. I am going to trim it down a little to fix this. Other wise looks great and will function great soon. I built a ladder type roost that should work good. I used 5 1 inch dowels. I used the 4x4 on one side only because I was out of 2x4s. O well. Here it is in the coop: Should work out very well. Here are my ladies, ready to move up to the big house. All I have left is to make a window, and I want to frame in a screen door to the coop so I can leave it open for ventilation on hot days. I also need to caulk and paint but htat can wait. So what do you all think? Any comments and criticisms are welcome. How can I improve it? I still need to make nesting box but I am planning on hanging it outside on right side wall. I was told hanging it outside may be too cold for them in the winter. They wont go in it. What do you guys think? I would much rather put it outside for the sake of room inside. Either way I want outside access to nesting boxes. But anyway, Thanks for reading and let me know what you think.