Early spring I bought a dozen chicks and like most, there was a lot of after thoughts and questions to raising chickens, but absolutely no regrets. A week or two in to owning my new chicks I happened upon this site which has been a great deal of help. So then the research began on coops, feed, temperature, ventilation, and designs. But.... I got so caught up in the pictures of the wonderful and colorful coops that I didn't really consider the temperatures for my area. So I then based my coop off of different designs from this site. I utilized an exisiting shed and built my coop. And now after losing three pullets to the heat I wish I would have took a few minutes and considered the whole picture, instead of getting tunnel vision on a four wall coop that is really to hot for my area. I have been battling heat ever since then and the index or (feels like temp) around 105 it's not very cozy for the chickens. Although i'm getting eggs now, this fall I will build a much more open coop. Probably more like a run with a partial roof and one solid wall. So please learn from my mistake and take the time to figure out what your chickens need. Basically what works in one place, may not work in yours. I had to learn that the hard way.