I am just researching chickens and hoping to buy some by summer. There is soo much info on the web! I need to build a coop of course and would appriciate suggestions. I need something cheap as possible for now, need to be wary of predators (fox, skunks, and raccons live here), and mindful of the harsh winters where I live. I would like to let them free range often, but put them up securely for pm or when not home. Also, if I have some laying birds and some for consumption, how much room do I need to allow in the coop for the non layers?