I tried to do some searching on the forums to find answers and I might have missed it, so I apologize if I'm repeating anything common. Roosts: How much roost space per chicken? How far away from the wall and ceiling does it need to be? If I put two roosts side-by-side how far away from each other should they be? How wide should the dropping board be (for one roost)? I don't plan on having any large breed meat birds - just layers. Run: My coop is on the edge of the woods so my run (if built to be permanent) is going to contain trees leaving me almost unable to cover the run. This doesn't seem like a problem if I could be at home all day, but more than likely I will be working during the day and taking an occasional week-long vacation. Option 1: no cover on the run which would most likely = dead chickens. Option 2: cover the run and attempt to cut holes to go around trees. Can raccoons jump from tree (not in run) to tree (in run) and possibly climb down through one of the holes? Option 3: portable run (upside down U-shape) that butts up to chicken house and can be moved to either side of coop where pop doors will be. Can a 10x10 run be made portable? How can a portable run be made predator proof at the bottom? Coop/Run: The coop is raised off the ground and I was considering leaving it open so the chickens could go underneath for shade in summer, a snow-free area in the winter, and to generally increase the square footage of the run. Is there any reason I should NOT do this? Thanks in advance. You 'peeps' are awesome!