I joined very recently but have been lurking for some time. This forum is absolutely INVALUABLE. I've learned a lot. Unfortunately, carpentry skills can't quite be taught by reading, but I have learned many, many things to try to incorporate into my coop. It looks exactly like something built by a previously sedentary 56 year old lady, but I'm hoping the chickens I plan on getting soon will not mind. Here's the BYC page I've started: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=41679 I'm planning on getting four chicks to raise - gotta get that brooder box ready really soon! - and this is where I'll house 'em when they're all feathered out. I live in West Sacramento, CA and there are very few winter days where the temperature drops below freezing: usually only down to 28 degrees. Anyway, this is what I've started. Wish me luck!