Hi everyone! We're brand new to chicken raising. We just bought our chicks last week and our coop is currently being built/delivered this weekend. Even though they won't be in the coop for several weeks, I want to make sure it's completely predator proof before it's time to transfer them. We live in Florida and we're on a lake. Well, a canal, technically. Does anyone have experience with having chickens near a lake? Are gators likely predators, or would that be too much of an effort for them? I've never seen a big gator here, but there have been several small baby/adolescent gators lurking near our dock and around the canal from time to time. I'm just not sure if they'd be so bold as to travel all the way into our yard (towards the middle of our 1 acre backyard where the coop will be) to discover our new flock Any tips would be appreciated. This forum has been such a great resource for us on this new adventure.