HI everybody I'm brand new to chickens. (I actually don't even have any yet) I just moved into a house a couple months ago that had this existing structure in the back. I think it was meant to be a child's play house but I'm really not sure. The first thing I thought of when I saw it was "chicken coop!" I took some pictures and was wondering if anyone would be willing to share some ideas/suggestions with me. I have a few ideas of my own but I've never owned chickens before so I'm sure you chicken veterans will have better suggestions as to what works best. I'm looking at having a max of 4...maybe 5 chickens. Mostly I'm wanting silkies but I'm thinking possibly 1 or 2 bigger chickens just for the bigger eggs(not sure on breed yet, possibly easter eggers..). I live in Northeastern Indiana so we do get the extremes of both summer and winter weather conditions so I also need suggestions as far as winterizing etc... I am trying to keep this as cheap as possible. I have a ton of cinder blocks and various sizes of wood in our shed so I'm thinking I shouldn't have to buy any wood. This structure is approximately 5' tall x 4' wide x 3.5' deep. Here is the front of the structure. I'm thinking about raising it up on cinder blocks. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e232/Heathr6913/chicken coop/chickencoop.jpg Here is one side of the structure. The windows you see are functional windows. They slide up and down and have locks on them. The back of the structure is just like the front except there is no door but there is a window just like the sides. http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e232/Heathr6913/chicken coop/chickencoop2.jpg Any suggestions of what I definitely SHOULD do and SHOULD NOT do would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!!