No, I'm not kidding--I might as well live in a whole new state called "Colonebraskansas" as I live in Colorado, but am a whole 6 miles from Nebraska and 7 miles from Kansas. Can't ever get a decent weather forcast, have better luck just looking out the window. It's hot in the summer--normal to get 100 in the shade--and not too cold in the winter--lowest it got here this winter was -20 without the windchill. Now that's not a real scientific reading--just what the thermometer outside said when I trecked through the snow to read it after a typical sideways snow storm. I'm a Colorado native--spent all my life in the Eastern half of the state, grew up in the South East corner, lived in the North East corner for the past 14 years. What else do I have on our "hobby" farm? Well, there's me, my husband, and the kids--for a few more months as the last one will be leaving for school soon, one dog (a rottweiler/black lab mix, and as soon as they are delivered I'll have 15 chicks--5 each of RIR, White Leghorn and Barred Rock. Now as for wild critters --I've got a HUGE owl, lots of squirels, song birds galor, a porcupine, about 20 white tail deer, a flock of turkeys, at least 2 racoons, an opossum or two, one skunk (first I've seen since moving out here over a year ago) and too many coyotes. I know, you're all wondering what the heck I'm doing getting chickens with all those critters running around....well, I invested in good fence wire to keep the critters out of the coop and run and as soon as I figure out what to cover the run with I'll do that too. I've also added motion sensing lighting to help keep the critters at bay (not turning it on till the chicks are big enough to go into the coop) and I'll probably get another sprinkler with the motion sensor on it to add to the area around the coop over the summer too--I use it now to keep the critters (4 and 2 legged) out of the garden--works great on everything except the bullsnakes. I'll keep the girls inside the coop at night and won't let them free range unless I'm out in the yard.