First of all I won't take ANY credit for this coop except that I am paying for it. We hired a builder who used to be a member here to build our coop, we had to save the money and we worked out a great design with him. Yesterday, IN ONE DAY, he and his team made this progress... We have 6 blue and black bantam cochins (4 roosters and 2 hens) that will move in here in about 2-3 weeks, depending on the weather and their feathering. Here's the front shot of the coop - all outside wood is 3/4 pine The structure is 6'6" wide by 5'3" deep by 6' tall... The nest box runs nearly the full depth of the coop, It will have a run that is almost 6 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide by 12 ft. long... Today they will be installing the roof, insulation and interior walls, windows, doors, electricity and lamp fixtures and build the run. Then all finishing details such as linoleum on the coop floor, screens, hardware and first coats of clear varnish and so on will happen Sunday. It's a lot of work but these guys are some hard working people. Their efficiency reminded me of a guy I used to do church pot lucks with - we were whirlwinds of activity. We knew what had to be done and without talking stayed out of each other's way and did it. The wife and I should get the completed coop by next weekend. We're having the builders and families out for a feast - any of you in the Jersey Shore area that want to meet up and have a coop warming party sure are welcome to contact us and come out. I used to be a chef and will be "doing my thing" to make everyone feel special... As I have said in the past, I used to be a chef, I don't have one single carpentry tool nor the stamina for this work - so "for us" this was the way to go. Hope any of you looking for a good coop see some structural ideas here that will aid you in building a great coop.