Hello! Our chicks are ready to move to the coop and my husband is currently finishing everything up. I have multiple questions and have already found good information from previous posters but I wanted to see if there were any recent opinions that could be helpful. If anyone has input on ANY of these, I would greatly appreciate it! 1. Thoughts on sand in the run? I'm in Georgia and it'll be a covered run. 2. Are removeable nest boxes a must? 3. Rain barrel - I'd like to use a rain barrel but many people have varying opinions on this. The water would come from the roof of the coop which is plastic, not shingles. My questions would be if anyone adds bleach to disinfect and also if I would need to winterize my barrel. Again, I'm in GA and the winters are pretty mild but I wasn't sure if this was a must. So, if this is the case, people only use rain barrels in the summer?? 4. Oyster shells - do you just sprinkle them around or do you have a feeder in the run with just shells? 5. Feeder - I think we are going to build a PVC feeder and stick the shoots through the hardware cloth to outside the coop so we can feed without going in - thoughts? 6. Linoleum on the walls of coop? I will put it down on the floor for easy clean up, but what about the walls? 7. Predator protection - I was thinking of getting solar powered motion lights as well as the red eyes that "blink", does anyone have experience with these? The hardware cloth is dug into the ground but I'm so terrified a predator will get them, I want some extra defense! 8. I feel like my chicks are up at night.. in general, they definitely sleep MORE at night but they seem to still eat and move about plenty. My original plan was to leave food and water out in the run and just leave the coop door open but now I'm worried they will not go into the coop at night, is this a problem? I was told that at dusk they will go in the coop and at dawn, they will come out? Should I close them in? If so, would you recommend and automatic door? Which one? 9. Any other amazing tips that have saved your life or made things WAY easier? I'd love to hear!!