I'm hoping we didn't screw up by the placement of our coop. It's right off our back porch, narrowly placed between our house and a brick bldg. Other places in our yard are too close to other neighbors, and more importantly, neighbors dogs. The problem is, it's the dampest part of the yard so I'd love to know what would be best to keep them nice and dry and warm. The hen house shouldn't be a problem, but something will have to be done about their run. So, for starters, being newbies at this whole chicken thing we had no idea what kind of coop to build. My honey scoured Craigslist for free wood and materials and got quite a stash. He built the most adorable hen house but then it was tough to decide how to best build the run so that it was tall enough for us to walk into as well and big enough for the small space. He got creative and made a "chute" to connect the run to their house. Here's what we've got: the run and front of their hen house Chick Chalet with chute to run Front view View of shoot to hen house from inside pen Back of Chick Chalet, door to clean out... the nest boxes are on the left side (not shown) a couple of the girls eating salad in their new digs We still need to finish some things up in their hen house, put up roosts, seal up a few more holes. And we still need to put the clear roof on top of the run to keep them dry. But, that's about it. Our girls are starting to spend time out in the run during the days then we bring them back to their brooder at night. Does this set up look big enough for 6 girls??? Oh, and we did it at Fort Knox-style as we could. Buried the hardware cloth a foot deep and ran it 3 feet up the sides and around the shoot. I hope there'll be no problems with critters. Thanks for looking!