I've been pondering/planning a small (4 birds) chicken coop for the backyard for the past few months, but there's been so many other things taking higher priority this spring that it's taken until now to get to it. I looked at dozens and dozens of backyard coop plans and sketched some stuff out. While I probably could've slapped something together that a chicken would be happy to call home, I enlisted the help of my friend Andy "Trump" Welch. (Andy's motto is "Making Chicken Coops Great Again!") Andy is one hell of a builder and I can assure you he didn't cut corners on this coop. I said earlier that I enlisted his help, but in truth, I was the help. I mostly handed him boards so that he could make sure they were cut squarely, to the correct length, and joined and fastened securely. I truly owe him a debt of gratitude for his expertise. We worked mostly in the afternoons. You can see the dates on the pics to follow the progress. About the coop: It is sited on the western side of the yard to take advantage of the afternoon shade there. The whole yard is pretty shady most of the day, but there is some direct midday sun from about noon to 4 PM. All of the wood is pressure treated. The basic floor is a 5X5 square not including the nest box which is about 2 1/2 feet wide by 1 foot 4 inches deep to allow for two nest spaces. There is a 2 foot wide strip of 1/2x1 inch wire under the roost. Support posts are set in concrete. Since my house is board and batten, I went with T1-11 to somewhat mimic that. The high side from floor to ceiling is 4 feet. Low side is 3'6". Roof is some 5V I had left from a project years ago. The run will be 8' x 16'. The plan is to let the chickens free range daily unless it's pouring down rain and I don't feel like going to let them out of the run. Rather than a daily "blow by blow" of building the run, I'll just show a pic of when it was finally completed. Comments, critiques, questions welcomed.