Hello everyone, my name is Teena and I am so excited to be here. I am very new to the chicken innkeeper family but cannot wait to begin. A friend of mine told me about BYC and I have been reading through everyone's posts and taking a peek here and there at some of y'all's coops and runs for about a month now, getting ideas of how I would like mine to look. I am happy to say I have started building my very first chicken coop & run this past weekend (using wood from my grandfathers barn that fell) so it is also a sentimental structure for me, and it's turning out quite well I think. Although I am still not sure on the breed I would like to house, I know I would love some nice egg-laying hens. I live on a lovely 200 acre ranch that is about an hour drive from any "town setting" so some fresh eggs would be great to go along with my vegetable garden. Its very peaceful here, but I am concerned about the wildlife such as coyotes, owls, hawks, raccoon's, etc. However, with the help of reading through some of the forums, I believe I have the predator part taken care of My coop and run together measures 10 x 20 and stands 8 feet tall at its highest point going downward (lean-to style roof) to 6 ft. I will take a picture of it to post once it is complete Sadly, my chickens will not be able to free-range due to my dogs (all 8 of them) but I am hoping the coop/run will be nice enough for a healthy living style. I am kind of stuck has far as the roofing for the run and coop though.... I had planned on using tin for my roofing, but was told this may be too hot for them over the summer months and not allow enough warmth during the winter... Any ideas or opinions from anyone on this would be greatly appreciated. Meanwhile, I am so glad to be part of BYC and just wanted to say hello y'all !!!