First post here, so hi! I'm about to build my first coop for my first chickens ever, so I wanted to run my plan past you all to see if I'm making any big mistakes (besides not building for the dream flock I already want . I am raising chicks in the basement bathroom as I write, so the coop needs to go up ASAP. I've been researching for months, and what I've worked out is a very modified Garden Coop design. I plan to extend the coop by a full section (aprx 3'w x 5'd x 8'h) and make the elevated henhouse twice as large. This would make the secure henhouse about 6'w x 5'd x 3'h not including an external (probably communal) nestbox. The coop that encloses the henhouse would have a footprint about 13'w x 5'd, with half the coop at 3'h and half at full 6'h (if that makes sense). Of course I plan to let the ladies roam the bit of property I have-I've started thinking about moveable fencing so I can rotate them around when I'm home to watch over them. During the time we're gone they will have the henhouse/coop and be secure. I should explain that I do live in an urban area but I've seen some pretty big raccoons and neighborhood dogs around, not to mention the ever present red tailed hawks (I've personally banded Red Tails w/an 8' wingspan-tale about chicken soup!). The whole henhouse and coop will be an open top design with the ploy roof above and hardware cloth over the framing to protect and ventilate (coop will be plywood sided/floored for now), and I plan to bury the hardware cloth 1 foot under ground too. I am raising 9 chicks (and am so in love I want MORE abut am holding back and sticking to this for now). How does this sound to you? Thanks!!!