Hi, everyone. I'm considering joining the ranks next year (after I have done all the research). I have a fenced-in pole barn that houses two 12 x 10 stalls. I thought that one of the stalls would be perfect for a chicken coop. I think the fenced-in area outside would work well for the chickens to range; however, we do have hawks and eagles in our skies on the regular. Hopefully, the trees surrounding the area will provide sufficient cover. Now the the needed expertise: 1. Do I need to line the bars (in between the stalls) with wire fencing? 2. Pop-out door: Can I just use the Dutch door? I guess I envisioned leaving the bottom closed and the top open during the day, with a ladder or something on both sides. 3. Windows: This stall has only one window (lined with wire fencing) - is that enough? 4. Coop floor: The dirt floor sits about 3-4 inches above grade. Since we've lived here, the only critters that have dug their way in from the outside are mice; however, we live next to a park where red foxes have built dens under some cottages. Do I need to take extra precautions to secure the coop? Note: I also have a German Shepherd who roams the immediate yard (not the area where the chickens will be, but nearby) and scolds anything and anyone who comes too close. 5. The fenced-in area where the chickens would range also has a brush area in the corner. My DH dumps leaves, weeds, and sticks back there. Do we need to block the chickens from that? The reason I ask is that it borders the fence and it can get high - I'm worried that it would get high enough for a chicken to climb up and over the fence. I've included some pics of the space if it helps. Thanks in advance for your help! Above photo shows the fenced-in area and the barn. Above picture shows the rest of the area, as well as a corner of the brush pile I'm worried about. Above photo shows the interior of the stall, the window, and the dutch door open (and Gigi, as well!) Above photo shows the wall separating the two stalls. Above photo shows the stall floor.