Rhett, I cannot believe a hoop coop is too cold. I have no heat in my coops. I try to get the moisture out, that is my concern.
I have an open front on the one coop. It will remain open all winter. Bert Sr. Stayed in an open coop all winter last year. I had a couple that lived in a box (wooden brooder) because I did not have enough coop space. I do not believe the temp difference between Orrock and Palo is enough to make a difference in coop construction.
I think Bears would preclude you from having a hoop coop. They would walk through one like it was paper.
KlopKlop I am going to try and do three batches next year. Of course that could change. You could always sell the extra birds. I saw an ad on craigslist from the Mankato area selling CXs for $15 each. I raised mine for $7.25 each. I think I got everything in. The birds for sale on Craigslist were 4-5 lbs dressed, I know those cost way less than mine did. You can't beat a CX for a luvable bird.
Rhett I think you have the same animal on both photos. The dark part of the tail did not show on the top one. I hate to say this, but I think that one is coyote or like you said young wolf. The legs look to fine (think) for a wolf to me.
It is a coffeeless morning. I need to go to the Doc, and he gets so unreasonable when I have a pot or two of coffee before seeing him.
Edited by duluthralphie - 10/7/15 at 6:04am