I actually stopped lurking to sign up and post this burning question. I've had birds for about 5 years in my old barn. And like clockwork, every 18 months a raccoon or two decimates my flock. It's awful. I'm in the process of rebuilding my flock again (from last september's attack) and will be moving my birds from the barn (on the edge of a forest) into my fenced back yard. I won't be doing a closed run, so they'll be able to free range in the fenced area (about 2 acres). I have a concrete pad already so I'm planning on putting my coop there. Now here's my debate. Do I build something people height or a half-height coop? The tall coop (6'5"-ish) would be tall enough for us to walk into. I want to be able to accommodate about 20 birds, so I'm looking at a 60sqft build. Or do I put something on stilts, so it's not as high inside (which saves on building materials, and makes it easier to heat in my very cold Ontario winters). But how do you store grain and set out water? How does it work with a shorter coop? Are the birds happy in a short coop? I know currently in their converted box stall that they like to fly off the roosts in into me (a flight of 6' - 10') so they get to stretch their wings sometimes... Anyway - some feedback is welcome. Thanks!