Well, it has been quite a few weeks since I posted my "new to chickens" introduction. We have had the chicks in the brooder all that time and they were starting to get too big for the brooder. During that time I have been building the coop. It took much longer than I had anticipated because of weather situations here, but over the weekend I finished the coop and the ladies have moved into their new home. Here are a few pictures of the finished coop, I just snapped them with my cell phone when I decided I was done. This picture was taken a little too quick, my wife had me add an 'X' to the bottom box for decorative purposes. So, imagine that it is there in this picture. Nesting boxes and storage on the side for quick, easy access to eggs and feed. The girls making themselves at home. What a feeling to see this. In the back right corner, there is a 'doggie door' heading out to the run. Which brings up a question. Currently, I open the door to the run during the day and close them in at night. Do I need to do this? Also, I have the feed and water inside the coop, but not in the run. Do I need to have them in both areas? They seem to be curious about the run, but haven't figured out that they can come in and out. What started as a small project for a small coop for my chickens turned into a huge project once my wife found a few websites with coop designs. It turned into an awful lot of work, but in the end it was worth it. The girls are in the coop and seem to be quite happy with their new home.