Well I'm new to all this chicken business, but I've seen so much good advice on the boards here I thought I'd toss this out. Several friends own chickens so my wife and I decided to join the crowd. We already have two dogs and a cat, along with a 2 1/2 year old who loves animals. So we got two chicks (a Buff Orpington and Rhode Island Red) about 7 weeks ago. They lived inside until last recently, where I put them in their new home during the day, which I did for about a week. Then last weekend they stayed overnight in their coop. They're fully feathered and here in Southern California, it doesn't drop below 50 degrees at night. I run out there every morning to check on them and they're happy as clams. Here's my question: is my coop design okay? I've employed a former small doghouse. It's about 30 inches long by 20 inches wide by 24 inches high. I've filled it with wood shavings. Then I attached a 2X6 foot run made of PVC pipe wrapped sides and top with chicken wire. The door to the dog house corresponds to the only opening on the run. What do you think of this design? They seem quite happy so far. Thanks for any input.