First - my husband owns a pole-barn company. As he put it, fine carpentry skills are not his strong suit. This was built using all left overs from other buildings. Second - the peagravel was there from previous owners swing set. We are not done filling in around the foundation and will also be lining the perimeter with the large native rock on our property. Once I find chickens, they will be free range but I also wanted them to have enough inside room that I can leave them inside if I have to leave town for any period of time. Questions: Can I put the nesting buckets on one end of the linoleum shelf and the roost on the other? (Red drawing in picture). I am going to have a drip pan under the roost to make cleaning easier. Basically, is it ok that they are that close together? Can that shelf area remain open to the rest of the coop? Lack of fine carpentry skills meant no way to remove eggs from outside so I will have to go into coop gather. Can I use the deep litter method over the pea gravel? My thanks for any answers, advice or (gentle) criticism of my setup. This site has proven invaluable for this newbie. Also...can anyone recommend a place to buy pullets near Poteau OK?