We are trying to decide where to build our coop and it seems that our initial choice is not going to work due to proximity to our well. WIth the temps as crazy as they have been (our first summer here in SC) we want to build in the shadiest spot available. We are thinking of putting the coop in the woods as it is noticeably cooler even on the hottest days. The trees are deciduous so there is more light in the winter but in the summer it is very shady. It will have to be chicken knox because of the predator situation here especially if in the woods but Ithink it may be worth it for the heat reduction. What do you think? Of course there will be no grass in the run - pine needles and leaves will be the covering there. I was thinking we could build a tunnel for them to get to the edge of the woods and chicken tractors for grazing and sun... ANy thoughts anyone?