Hello, I'm new to the world of backyard chickens. A friend of mine made her own coop and has been raising her chickens in her backyard for the past year and I've gotten to be a chicken sitter for her girls a few times. After slowly learning more about the terms on egg containers and their true meaning, my husband and I decided that the best way to know where our eggs come from is to get our own group of chickens. We've been building a greenhouse in the backyard this winter and decided to incorporate the coop into the greenhouse design. Mostly it's for the wintertime. Anchorage doesn't get too cold in the winter, but the opportunity to go outside without being up to their beaks in snow is somewhat limited. The greenhouse will not be completed until the spring and the coop would then be built next summer. I'm looking to get our chickens later in the summer, so I thought now would be a good time to start planning on what we need to do for the coop design, what type of chickens to get, etc. My friend recommended this site, so here I am.