Ok, my wife just went out of town for about a week. Her birthday is next week so I figured I'd surprise her with some chickens for her birthday. (I kinda told her that I'd build her a bird feeder for her birthday, but it's going to be a bit bigger than that.) I plan on buying 2-3 chicks with the ability to grow to 6 if we catch the chicken fever. Being in southwest Florida I'll be building for heat and predators. For my runner I'm building a 4'x8'x3'H tractor runner. I'm considering using aluminum square tubes for the shell (http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs...langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100337876) with hardware cloth wrapped around it. I'll set a sort of foundation with hardware cloth dug down and latches to secure it. I'll set a seperate area within the runner with food and water that can be closed off while I move the runner around the yard. For the coop it'll be raised 4'X4' with three sides all hardware cloth with one of those being able to open for cleaning. The third side will have the two nesting boxes and coop door with the nesting boxes being exterior so that they can be accessed from outside. I'll have a 12" box on the bottom for a deep litter method with a vinyl floor that can be pulled out to clean and poured into our compost bin. I did read that the nesting box should be 18" to 24" up? Why is this? As it is the nesting box will be almost 5' up from the ground, makes it kinda hard to get the eggs out if it's too high. Is this an ok setup? I think I'll start with the runner tonight.