I feel like I'm crazy. I found a breeder who is super helpful and friendly, who also has some of the breeds I was interested in, and put an order on 12 chicks for early in March. We have a kiddie pool as well as a rabbit hutch, plus we just moved so tons of cardboard boxes. One of those will become a brooder, so I'm not too worried about that. But I don't have a coop yet. I thought I had some ideas, but the more I read the more I'm not sure. My husband and I plan to build it. I would love some advice, ideas, plans, anything really. I live on Vancouver Island in BC. It's fairly temperate. I just went and looked at the historical data for my area, and the coldest over the last few years has been -10C (14F) and the hottest was 35C (95F). Those are the extremes though, generally it will get below freezing at nights for a while, but stays above freezing during the day. This is our first winter on this part of the island, and I've been told it's a bit snowier, but where we lived before we had some winters with no snow at all, and the most we had was about three weeks in a row. It does rain a lot in the winter though. The summer can stay hot (maybe 20-30C); however, our land is mostly forested, so there will be lots of shade, so I'm more worried about keeping them warm enough in the winter. Here's my issue, I really want to do a rotational pasture type of system. We have 1.4 acres, but the way the house/driveway/garden etc is all laid out, the pastures won't all be in the same area. So my coop has to be portable. Is it even possible to do a rotational pasture with a large number of chickens? I love the looks of the open-air coops and was looking at the pictures in a thread here, and I'd feel better about leaving them for a couple of days if we had one, but not sure if it would work in the winter here. I only have 12 chicks coming, and by winter I'll have less as we will only be keeping the laying hens, but I'm planning ahead in case we enjoy this and want more. We were thinking of making our coop 8x4 to start. I did look through the tractor plans on this site, but there are so many and most of the tractor plans are a lot smaller. We're also limited a bit because of the trees. I've been told free-range hens don't need as much space inside the coop, but there will be a few weeks in the winter (possibly more) when there will be snow or it will be cold, and I would rather go too big than too small. Also wondering how big our pastures should be? I was thinking maybe 3-4 pastures and moving them every 2 weeks or so. Also, currently for the fencing we're thinking portable electric poultry mesh. Again, I've been reading lots on here about it. It seems like weeds and things touching the bottoms might be an issue if I'm reading it right. Our land is forested and fairly wild, so there will almost definitely be weeds touching the bottom wires. Also, we do have some snow in the winter. Lastly, I was reading about the batteries and one thing I read said to expect to buy a new battery every 4-6 weeks. The batteries I looked at were $44 each. Is that right? Is there some other form of fencing that's easily portable and can keep out predators? Thanks so much for any ideas or information! Sorry for the long post. It's hard to find information specific to my own situation.