Hi! I've been spending a good bit of time lurking, but this is my first post. We live in the mountains of Southwest Colorado, and you name the predator, we've got it -- weasels, bears, mountain lions, foxes, coyotes, etc.... We've got a definite winter here, with plenty of snow on the ground for a few months out of the year. We're in one of those desert-ish climates where, especially in the summer, it can get pretty warm during the day, but then the temperature will drop 40 or 50 degrees at night. Our highs in June (hottest month) will be in the 90s. We are in the process of building our coop, and I wanted to see what designs/materials other chicken raisers in areas with these climate conditions have had success with. The girls will be allowed to range around our fenced-in acre (lots of trees and greenery) during the day, and will be locked up at night in a coop. We are also building an attached run for those times when we might need to keep them more protected. (Just FYI, the fence in our yard is a 6-foot orchard fence on wood posts, with a couple of strands of electric wire on the outside to discourage the bears who love our fruit trees.) Our idea right now is to do a completely enclosed raised coop with painted OSB walls, painted plywood floors, a couple of windows backed by hardware cloth, and metal roofing with something to plug those holes created by the ridges in the roofing (either decking or hardware cloth underneath, or just roofing closure strips). The run will be concreted-in wood posts with wood framing and hardware cloth surrounding. We'll put a metal roof on the run, too, with the same considerations for the ridge holes. The whole coop/run structure will have an apron of hardware cloth dug 6 inches into the ground and running a foot out. Does any of this sound like overkill? We were thinking the run would need a roof due to the snow, but is that necessary if we just put hardware cloth over the run instead? It seems like different people have different experiences when it comes to chickens being willing to get out in the snow. How many people who let their girls out during the day also have a predator-proof run attached to the coop? I'm just wondering if we're overthinking this. Would love any advice you can give me from your knowledge and experience! Thanks so much!