Well, I've convinced my husband to let me get a few chickens--yay! I'm super excited. First, though, we have to build our coop, and I have a few questions. 1. We live in Ventura, CA, 1-2 miles from the ocean. Average temperatures year round are in in the 60s. The coldest it gets is the 30s a few times a year at night. We're considering what type of roofing to put on. We like the way the Garden Ark looks, but we're wondering if having space between the top of the coop and the roof is actually such a good idea. Will rain get inside? Other issues? Better to do a completely connected roof with a different form of ventilation? And is the clear corrugated top a good idea or should we worry about a "greenhouse effect?" (I can't put the URL because I'm new to posting. The Garden Ark is on the tractor coop page about 1/2way down.) 2. We have cats and opossums in our neighborhood. We were going to build the run so that the fencing goes at least 6inches into the ground, which seems to be protective. But I've seen people saying that they close their hens inside the coop at night. Is this necessary if the fencing is dug into the ground? 3. I've seen pictures of the food hanging so that it's not actually on the ground. What's the benefit of this? Thanks, guys!