Hi all. I would appreciate advice for coop plans. I am ridiculously ignorant about chicken raising; in fact I'm still trying to determine how many & what kind I need. It is just my husband and myself & I'm want egg layers. Here's what's going on, coop related: * I have an area approx 30x15 I'm thinking to turn into the chickens area. It is bordered on the long sides by my house & the neighbors standard fence. The short ends are open. My daughters boyfriend is a carpenter & will be helping me w/enclosing it. * I have a large dog that likes to chase the wildlife out here, so can I close the short ends w/privacy fencing so he will not see/terrorize them? The main living area of my house is on the 2nd floor so I can easily see down into the coop from several windows as well as a balcony. * Speaking of looking down, I live in a rural area with all manner of critters from gators to hawks. Should the entire area be enclosed for predator prevention? * There is a down spout in this 30x15 area. I'd like to use it as a water source for them the way you might store water in a rain barrell. I'm crazy, right?? I'm sure there will be other questions I haven't thought of yet, so thank you for ur patience!!