Babies are coming next week, we're feeling hopeful about the city council vote, we're collectiing building materials and starting to think ahead 6 weeks to the coop construction. In our tiny yard there are not many choices for location. The best place, hands-down, is space about 15 x 15 in the back corner of the yard behind the garage. Pics below. The only trouble with this location, that I can see, is that it's very shady in the summer, has three solid walls (2 stockade fences, and back of garage) so there's not a lot of wind/air movement there. Are we going to regret building the coop there re: dampness? The idea is to build a smallish henhouse (probably 4 x 6 and 5 feet tall) and an enclosed wire run (about 8 X 6 or so) the wire run will have a solid roof, either corrogated plastic or heavy duty shrink-wrap (husband works for a boatyard) slanted to let rain slide off. The floor will be dirt. Maybe with hay on top? The henhouse part will extend out into the yard a bit, to catch the sun in winter and keep it warm. In summer the maples above will mean it's mostly in the shade. The run will be more back in the corner. What do you guys think? Are we asking for dampness troubles back there due to shade and lack of tons of airflow?