We just finished our new coop. We didn't want to mix the new babies with the big hens, so we split the hen house down the middle for them and made a run out of each side. Hubby did this entire thing with no plans - he just makes it up as he goes along! (I painted and ending up "holding" a lot of stuff in place as he worked on it, lol) The cord is just for a heat lamp until the babies get a little older. I did have a question about our nesting boxes. Even though there is a lip on the boxes, the hens get up there and scratch all the litter out before they lay an egg. They drop the egg on the hard floor and it cracks. How can I keep the litter (pine shavings) in? Or would straw work better?