I've been scouring the sites and I've become more overwhelmed and confused than when I started my search to build a simple coop!?! I'm thinking of getting 2-4 hens but again that has also become a daunting task of which breed is best for the cold yet still lays often enough...? I'm in the cold and unpredictable climate of Vancouver BC. or more specifically Bowen Island. (which would be perfect for a free range with there being no raccoons or other predators--but I have dogs, so there goes that fantasy.) So I'm just trying to figure out with all these variables... -To insulate or not to insulate? -Which coop is the best for keeping them warm? -Is there any conceivable way of letting them roam free or 1/2 free? LOL I guess I mean enclosed yet free? (oxymoron I know) -and just to really throw a wrench, could it be a tractor? Really I would like to fully understand what I must have, the roost, the boxes, the deep litter method etc. I would like to be less maintenance. alright well anyone's thoughts would be great. I just think this site is awesome and love seeing how many other peeps feel like I do. I've wanted a coop since I was a little girl and I finally have the perfect environment for it...Now if i could just make the right choice.