We used the side of our Horse Barn to construct our Hen House. The barn had the one side, and top cover and gates, so all we had to do was add a side an front door. Then we opened up the back of the barn area for the chicks to have free roam of. It is perfect...shade, sun, bugs and lots of places to dig in. The sides can be covered for when it gets cooler, and open for the warm summer days and nights.