There are always lots of great topics about people's coops when they are new, but I'd like to start one about how things are going several years later... after the 'honeymoon' has ended. Here's my banty tractor/coop when it was completed in July, 2008. The bottom area measures 4' x 7' x 2' and the upper area is 2' x 4' x 2' (plus a few extra cubic feet in roof gable area). Originally, I had designed it to be lightweight and with handles on each end so that my wife and I could simply pick up and move it every day or two. However, that quickly grew to be inconvenient as we weren't always both available and it was pretty much impossible to move by yourself. Another issue was in-out access for the hens. Originally we thought we'd just leave them inside all the time (and we did for the first year) but we really enjoyed having them running around the yard and since it's a completely fenced yard we decided to let them free-range during the day but there wasn't an easy way for them to get in and out. But the biggest issue we've had is water. We live in the Pacific Northwest so this thing spends much of the year being drenched. As a result I've had to battle moisture getting in from several vectors. So, here's how it looks today. I took these photos while it was still propped up from being painted -- I've had to paint this coop every year and I think that's going a long way toward keeping it going. The wheels are not permanently attached, instead they are bolted into the ends of a 2x4 axle. When I want to move the coop, I just pick up the heavy end and kick the axle underneath, then use the handles on the other side to 'drive' it around the yard. From this side, you can see a few places where the plywood has buckled due to water infiltration. We added a lower door on this side which we open each morning to let them out. To keep the door from blowing shut, we have a small tent pole that we just stick into the grass to block it open. This is my roll-away nesting box. Obviously this has been one area where I've had some serious moisture issues. This is actually the second box, the first one also had water issues and had to be replaced last year. This one made it through the winter but it turns out that the plywood I used for the roof wasn't outdoor grade. I'll be replacing the roof board later in the week with something more water tolerant. The gable ends have been the other serious water issue. My design is flawed as this flat shelf allows water to gather and slowly seep inside. Here's the other gable end and it too has had water issues. Annual applications of caulk seem to help but it still comes down to a design flaw. Here's another water seepage area. When I built it, there was this 8" wide strip where I should have put hardware cloth but didn't have any more so I used an extra strip of the siding. For the first couple of years I had no problem, but now water is pooling and then seeping into the bottom of the hutch from here. This year, I bought a can of that spray sealant that they advertise on TV and hopefully it will keep the water at bay. Again, this is a design flaw as I should have used hardware cloth to let the water run through or at least pitched it so the water flowed away. Instead, this is just a flat spot where the water gathers. Here's a close-up of the wheels. Again, they're not attached, I just kick this axle in and out as needed to move it around the yard. So, what do you think? Please share your successes and challenges and let's see how your coop looks both then and now.