I live in Los Angeles, so we don't have to worry about the cold here, just the heat... I've come up with an idea and want to know what you think. We have six standard size chickens. Combined (all one building) coop/run will be 8 wide x 7 deep- front first three feet (8 x 3) will be open (hardware cloth) on three sides, just roofed. Next two feet back will have nesting boxes, then poop boards and roost at very back two feet. Will this work? I am also putting a plexiglass panel in the roof to let in a little extra light. Entire coop and run is under trees to protect from heat, but some sun gets through. I do free range them, but we have a lot of predators so I don't let them out all day, just for a couple of hours when I'm home and sometimes we go out of town and the pet sitters can't hang around to let them free range so they would end up staying in the coop for a couple weeks.