We are drawing a lot of inspiration for our coop from the last plans on this page: http://pubs.ext.vt.edu/2902/2902-1092/2902-1092.pdf I like the way they ahve the roost and nest boxes set up at the back under the loft. I think it would keep them warmer in the winter to have a little cozy area like that. I plan to put some sort of easy-to-clean poop boards under the roost. I have two questions. It will end up being about 2 feet off the ground, though we're going to try deep litter I think (debating between that or sand) so maybe even less than that. Do they need a ramp? I've read the ramp is more for getting down than up, but if we put a ramp on one side would the chickens on the opposite side actually bother to go over to it? Also, those plans have only one roost going across. Is there enough room over the nest box to put another roost above and behind that one so there's more roosting room? How far apart do two roosts need to be? If we made the nest boxes deeper to accomodate another roost will that be a problem? Thanks!