I am new to all this chicken stuff but I have been reading up on the forum here, I find the answer to one question only to spark up a few more. I am looking to build about a 4'deepx8'wide coop that is going to be against the east wall of a building so it is not windy. I am going to have it about a foot off the ground so they can go under it for shade if they want (they are doing that with the dog house they are in right now). I also want to have a open floor for easy cleaning, I have extra chain link fence material if that will work? The nest boxes I was thinking were going to be either 15" or 12" wide depending on what you all think (12" is 7 nests and 15" is 6 nests). Also how deep should the boxes be, I was thinking it should be the same as the width. The roof on it I was thinking of using plexiglass so I can see in and they get some light but I was thinking of using window tint on it so it would not be so bright to them inside. I am going to do a split roof design so I only have to lift half of the roof at a time. For a vent I ws going to just leave the back side up at the top open, maybe put some of that fence material up there just in case. Also what should I do about a door? I have dogs so I want the door as small as possible to keep the dogs out, any other ideas? These are going to be free ranging on my 1/2 acre fenced in yard so I want them to be able to come and go as they please. I do not have preditors around here that I have to worry about, they are in a 40'x20' dog pen with a 4' chain link fence right now until I think they will be use to this place. Thanks for any help you can give.