Hello, been lurking a little. Decided I'll join and see what I can learn from experienced chicken owners. I have not gotten my chicks yet, decided to start with chicks even though my teenaged boys wanted eggs, just too much to start. We live at 7,500 feet on a mountain mesa! We have lots of predators here!! We also have 2 60 pound dogs who are not afraid of some of them. Breeds . .well, wanting good layers and hardy for winter. Not too cold here, but lots of snow. We are building our coop attached to our greenhouse, so it will get a little bit of passive warmth for winter, our water will be housed in the greenhouse and then piped into the coop for not freezing. I'm about to purchase ckicks, we will keep them in our dog run attached to our house for now until we can move them into the coop later this summer. Should be an adventure!