Greetings All, I am still a backyard chicken virgin, but I'm getting ready for some Spring chicks. I am building this coop out of pallet wood and left over fasteners from our home my wife and I finished building last year. The only thing I've had to buy new so far is the ChickGuard pop-door opener and the corrugated polycarbonate roofing. Everything else is either left overs from the home build or stuff I acquired at the ReStore here in town. What I have left to do from this point on is to build the roll-away nest box, the roosts, my watering and feed system, and the chicken ladder. I still need to enclose the underside of the coop and add the ridge-cap that I had to order online today (hardware store doesn't carry it). Also, I'm still back-and-forth on whether I need to add netting over the whole run (see predator questions below). Finally, I might build a cute little window there next to the personnel door if I'm lacking in ventilation. My ventilation so far includes 1/2" gaps under the roof overhang and a 1.5" roof ridge vent that will be protected from rain and snow by the ridge cap. Do you all think I have enough ventilation already, or will the window be a necessity. BTW, their pop-door is translucent, so that lets in some light already. I have until Spring to finish, so I'm not in a hurry and open to ideas, so please bombard me, but be nice ;-) Some predator-proofing questions: Do I still have to worry about hawks being that my coop and run are completely covered by the ponderosa pine tree canopy? Can chickens fly over a 4 foot high fence, so should I add netting anyway? The coop itself is built like a tank, and the only thing that has a chance of breaking in is a mountain lion, so I'm not worried about them at night. Also, my dogs have 24/7 access to the back throughout their doggy-door, so they should help keep the predators at bay (I hope). What are your thoughts on my predator-proofing strategy? Is it obvious I'm a noob that has no idea what I'm talking about, or am I on the right track? Oh, regarding the size, my flock will be no bigger than 5 birds, but we're only starting out with 3 hens. That's why the coop is smallish. Thanks in advance for any feedback and critiques!