Just starting into this.... This will be my first flock ever. My one-day-old chicks are arriving on the 9th of this month - 2 cochins, 2 aurcanas, 3 barred rocks, 3 rhode island reds - all pullets. We have this coop arriving shortly http://www.mypetchicken.com/PicturePop.aspx?image=images/product_images/Popup/CC4.jpg and my husband and I are working on fencing now - this forum has been sooooo informative regarding fencing. We live out in the cornfields of Northern MD so we have many predators (including my own bird dog - German shorthair pointer. I think my choc. lab will be okay with them, but my GSP is nuts - they will never free range with the dogs loose).