Hi, we're new to chicken keeping, and trying to design the "perfect coop" before we start our flock. (LOL) My hubby had what seems to be a great idea for the roosts, and it doesn't seem to have been done before, so I wanted to get some opinions from experienced chicken keepers. We're planning on a 4' by 8' coop, with the nest boxes and roost area extending out from that. Hubby's idea is to have the strong wire mesh (1/2" hardware cloth) on the bottom, and no wood floor, under the roosting area, so the poo falls through to the outside and there's less clean-up. We're in Florida, so we're thinking more ventilation is good for hot summers and health overall, and we won't have really cold winters to worry about, so enclosing under the roost isn't necessary for weather. We are planning to make the mesh very secure against predators. The only possible problem I'm wondering about is whether the chickens will feel safe and secure enough nesting over a wire mesh opening as opposed to a wood floor -- or will they feel vulnerable and not want to roost there? Any thoughts on this? Has it been tried by anyone? Thanks for any comments or suggestions!