Hello all, I am new to the forum and thrilled to have found you! A little about me, I live on a 120 acre ranch where we raise Highland cattle, horses, pigs, a Llama and currently 2 cats and 14 dogs (11 of which are only 7 weeks old). I have decided to add a few chickens to the brood. I have never owned chickens before and I mainly want them for eggs. I have found 5 laying hens but now I have the daunting task of building a coop. A few questions? 1. Has anyone used a solar fan on the top for air circulation? My house is off-grid and I currently have no power to my barn other than some solar panels for lights. 2. Location, location, location. I have a very large barn and i really don't think I want to keep them in it. My house is located about 400 feet from the barn, I was considering the south side of the barn to block the winter northern winds? Trips to the barn happen several times a day so it may be conveinent? 3. Insulation? I live in Eastern Colorado and the winters can get quite cold with a bitter northern wind. What kinds of insulation are good options, I am worried they will eat it? Do they peck at insulation that is visible? Should I plan on making air pockets in the walls or a roll out type? 4. How much space realistically would be best for the welfare of chickens? I know what the guides say is necessary but on our farm we do the best to keep our animals in a very natural setting. 5. Chickens and dogs. I have a good idea of how to keep them safe from dogs, coyotes, racoons etc. I am wondering about if barking will keep them from laying and would it be best to put up a solid barrier where they can't see them? Sorry to ramble, any and all advice would be fantastic for a newbie, thank you all so much in advance!