We are converting an old play-house into a chicken house. The current "windows" are just slats... I was thinking of just lining them with chicken wire, and when it starts getting cold next year I could add wooden shutters. In the meantime, is it okay to just have chicken wire over them? If it is windy will the birds stay down lower and be out of the wind? Keep in mind, I'm in Tucson, Arizona. It was 85 out today... it will be 90 next week. Is hot wind as bad as cold wind? Also, my husband and his dad (who used to have chickens) are building the chicken pen out of wooden pallets (you can see one in the picture)... do you think the chickens will hop over them? I figure if they escape that I'll get my way and they will be free-ranging (we are on a fenced-in acre and there are no predators, unless roadrunners are dangerous). Here's a pic of the coop in progress - the pile of junk in the background was all INSIDE the playhouse. The structure to the left of the playhouse is the bunny cage - with a big tarp to keep the sun out!