Hi all! I have been lurking for a while now reading this forum and others and would like to solicit a bit of specific advice. First, here is our situation: We live in South Park, a wonderful urban neighborhood east of Balboa Park, near downtown San Diego. We are a few miles from the ocean, so the climate is really mild. We have a large (for the area) flat fenced backyard of about 4000sqft, lots of tree cover and pretty liberal chicken ordinances. The area is also patrolled by a 130lb Great Pyrenees and a cat, so I think predators will not be too much of a challenge. We also have toddlers, lots of fruit trees, compost, and a very young orchard. All we need now is chickens! Lots of the coop designs I have seen appear to be aimed at cold climates, extreme weather, or really significant predator protection. I saw this on local Craigslist and it seems to be an interesting, more open approach to a coop. I would probably upgrade to the 1/2" hardware cloth and maybe bury a barrier as well. What do you think? http://sandiego.craigslist.org/esd/grd/3619743793.html Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for good breeds for our situation. Looking for ~ 5 chickens, with egg production and pet suitability our primary concerns. Thanks!!!