Sigh...five years into owning hens and some days I still feel like I know absolutely nothing. So after saying goodbye to our first coop (a mostly successful coop that was getting old), we went with a chicken tractor this summer. I promptly realized I hated the chicken tractor method and so I tore it to pieces and asked neighbors for scrap wood. I combined the tractor scrap with the neighbors' scrap, plus a little bit of material from my husband's garage to come up with this design. Now that my husband has seen this, he says "Oh, that's what you want...we'll rebuild it this spring to be pretty." Now, even though I'm quite proud of my work, I'm not taking offense, because this is an essentially free coop built from scrap by someone who has absolutely no carpentry experience. My real question is, will this coop do the job over the winter? I just read the BYC's facebook post about whether or not we have insulation in our coops and I started getting paranoid. Will this new setup keep the girls warm enough? Is the plastic sheeting going to cause problems with the ventilation? It already caused a problem with my attempt to keep deep hay in the outer run part - the hay got soaked in the first good rain. But I don't want the whole coop to be covered in plastic! I want the girls to get some sunshine and fresh air as well. In my last coop, the girls had a choice between an "outdoor" roost in the run and a warmer roost in the enclosed coop part, but they would never choose the indoor coop, so I figured NW Oregon just doesn't get cold enough for them to want to go inside...but I'd hate to find out that they are making the wrong choice and wake up to frostbitten chickens one day. I don't (and won't) use heat lamps on them, so this has to work just the way it is. My other questions are, how am I going to make this prettier? I figure wood siding in the place of the plastic, but I want less of the run to be covered with wood. I want more of it to have sunshine than it currently does. Anyway, I suppose this has gone on long enough. Here are the pics!