We're still frozen up here. Don' have my coop up yet. Still in the planning stage. I know from talking to others that I don' want my wife to have to walk through poop to water, feed, and pick eggs and will design with that in mind. I work on the oilfield and need her on board. Don't want to burn her out. Also plan on partitioning the coop into two with one side for brooding, picked on birds, breeding, etc. My plan is to do a few breeds well. Ordered Welsummers, Ameracaunas and Marans. For later in the spring. Looking for quality golden laced cochin bantams. Any help would be appreciated. Google up Homer, Alaska if you are curious. Picture Vermont by the ocean...rare mixture of agriculture and ocean. Not as cold as you would think...we even have a large population of wild ringneck pheasants.