Hi to all! I found this forum while looking for plans to build a chicken coop. I was so happy to find it and there is so much wonderful information. My son and I are building a chicken coop out of some very large pump crates that my husband has brought home from work. I have enough wood for the floor and frame and we have enough tin that was given to us from a demo job on a friend’s barn to make the roof. I will need to buy plywood for the floor and paneling for the outside walls and I was wondering what type of paneling for the outside wall would be best? The coop is going to be 7' wide x 16' long x 7' high as this is the size of the lumber that I have. I could have cut it down in size but I have more than enough lumber to make the coop that size and I see no reason not to use it. Since we live on the Texas Gulf Coast I need a good sturdy material for the outside walls that will hold together in case of a hurricane. We have just started the project and I’ll post pictures of what we have done so far. We plan to fence off the raised part between the ground and the floor with hardware cloth to keep critters out from under it. We haven’t fenced the area yet but plan to fence in about a quarter acre to keep the chickens in. We have discussed raising geese in the same area to act as “watch dogs” and we were wondering if anyone had tried this and whether or not it would work? I would appreciate any and all help…I’m so excited and looking forward to posting pictures of my work in progress and then my new babies. I want to have enough eggs for my family of 6, my extended family and enough extra to take to the farmer's market for a little extra cash to help pay for feed.