I'm 20 with 0 building experience - but I am confident in my coop design. PLEASE CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG (it would be greatly appreciated) I have a 10x10 shed, which is currently housing all sorts of things including the pool pump. I plan to wall that section off, leaving me with a 7x10 coop area. I'll cut a hole in the rear wall that will lead to the 20x15' run. I've started digging a foot into the ground along the perimeter to bury some hardware cloth. (1/4"x24" 20gauge) I've got old dog houses I'm breaking down and upcycling to nesting boxes, and i have PLENTY of wood to use for roosting poles, and even a roof over a small part of the run. (my stepdad is somewhat of a wood horder, I've collected enough around the yard to build a coop from scratch if i wanted). I want to house 23 hens and 2 roos. (buff orp, rhode island red, red sex link, and a few barred rocks cause i find them stunning) I'm using 1"x48" poultry wire for the run, which will overlap the hardware cloth. The part I need help/advice with: I want to install a door on the run adjacent to a fenced in compost pile. I haven't thought of a way to do that AND keep the run rodent proof. Is it possible? Should I just let the chickens free range a bit and find their way to the compost? (the only reason im not a hundred percent confident with free ranging is the neighbor's pack of young boxers - i don't trust them) Comments/Suggestions anyone???