well, i am happy to report that we have finally completed our new chicken coop! i loved our first coop but ultimately it was too small and not the best fit for midwest winters. so we bought the blue prints for the coop from the garden coop. the plans weren't perfect but it was very helpful to have. the secret to its success was shopping at the habitat for humanity store and lots of help from family. its fun to see how happy the birds are to have a bigger run. plus we have been so many neighbors who see the coop and stop by.