Our very first babies finally arrived yesterday afternoon and are safely ensconced in their brooder: 3 BR, 3 BO, 3LB, 3 PR. We are in heaven. Plans for the coop are well underway. Questions for all you chicken experts: 1. Does one REALLY need to have the roosts 18" out from the coop wall? That seems an awfully great distance to us given the size of the non-giant adult hens. How far out from the coop walls are YOUR roosts? 2. We would like to construct pits under the roosts for poop. What should the depth and height of the pits be? 2 feet deep? 3 feet deep? We'd ideally like to deep litter method and fully clean the coop twice a year. 3. I know the poop pits need to be covered with chicken wire. How far above the top of the pop pits do the roosts need to be? Is there a minimum distance? Many thanks in advance. I am so glad I found this forum!