Hello all! I*m having my first coop built (hubby and his carpenter buddy are going to have a beer-grill-building day this weekend) and I need some help on the design. I*ve decided on an a-frame tractor type, but there seem to be 2 different concepts and I*m looking for some advice. This type www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=3724&p=1 seems to have a nestbox/small living area on either end, with an open roost spanning the two. Not a whole lot of enclosed living space. This style, www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=39344 is more of a raised coop/a-frame hybrid. The one pictured is much bigger, more permanent than I am looking to build, plus they modified it from the original design so that the coop part is only over half of the run, but you get the idea. So...my question is, do I need the larger enclosed living quarters for 2-3 medium hens, or will the first design work just as well? We live in Central Virginia, so the winters are relatively mild and the hens will get a lot of foraging time out of the coop. Thanks in advance for suggestions and advice!