Well, I've begun my first of what I fear might be many chicken structures. I stayed up til nearly 4 am drawing up plans for what I wanted. My brother (carpenter by trade) was coming over with a truck full of wood to "show" me how to build stuff. And as he walked in, he says "Hey, instead of 10 x 6, let's do it 4 x 8 because that's easier based on how lumber is sold. D'oh! Wish I'd known that before! Here are the bones of the structure -- I'm posting this because it's not a bad design to house a few hens, and could be modified to fit your circumstances. As it stands, it's waaay too heavy to be the tractor that I'd imagined me able to move nearly daily by myself. But he insisted on 2 x 4's, and perhaps the problem was mine in trying to design a tractor to suit 10 or so hens. If I build an A-frame tractor (which was my original plan), what type of wood do I use to frame it? Anyone have any experience with this? The 2 x 4s are just soooo heavy... Also, do you think I'm better off making 2 small tractors rather than one big one? Is it bad to separate the girls up like that if I'm planning to merge them back together for the winter? I will also let them out to range free on days when I'm not going out, so they should know each other pretty well... Anyway, here are some pics -- click on the thumbnails for bigger versions. You can see the nesting boxes in the back, and the frame for the shed roof. Next up, is the view of the back, after the other sides and roof have been added: And finally, the front, with the window to shed some light on our girls: It still needs a paint job, ventilation, roosts, hole in floor to get down into "run" and a back door (my bro is just going to make the whole back sheet of plywood lift up, which I find unwieldy and am trying to think of easy ways to modify it without putting him out too much), as well as hardware cloth (with it's own door) to keep out predators below, but we're getting there... I was hoping to build this as a summer home for our young chicks as they grow into pullets, and to let the at my lawn which is desperate for their help. And that would give me time to scrounge some free materials to build a bigger, more winter-worthy coop to keep them happy during a new england winter. So now I've used up a lot of my brother's time, and I still don't have either of the two chicken structures I need! But I've got a pretty good sense of how to put things together, so I'm going to try to build them on my own with whatever materials I can find for cheap or free. However, this sucker is HEAVY, and while I can probably use it for a little while, I don't think I'd want to be lugging this around long-term, esp as we have no riding mower to help. So. While I'm scanning the local paper for used skil saws, and other power tool goodies, I'm wondering what to do with this beast. Loveshack if our silkie pair turn out to be a him and her? Maybe move it seasonally around the bigger coop to extend the run and roosting space, easing tensions due to dominance issues? Chook Hospital? Rabbit Hutch? I'm just not sure... I do know that I'm all about aquiring the carpentry skills I need because I want to do the actual coop myself. This one is just too small to house 10 (or more at the rate I'm going ) We have six chicks currently, and are getting 2-4 more next week. Rosie and Speck are Gold Lace Wyandottes. Bandit and Fly are Speckled Sussex, and Ping and Pong are the black silkies. They're all so adorable! And they all watched Shrek with us this week as we prepare for the release of Shrek the Third. Whee!