Hello, We have been raising chickens, for eggs for the past 5 years or so and like many people have caught chicken fever again and want to raise our own chickens for meat. Lately, I have been lurking around BYC to find more information on raising meat birds and am glad to report that you all have been really helpful. I have decided that I am going to start with a batch of Cournish X and than would like to switch over to a self sustaining flock, in the future. I am thinking I will do a few batches of birds, starting next spring, with 20-25 birds in a batch . If all goes well, we may raise the birds into the winter, but it probably would not be that many. The biggest question I am pondering at the moment is how I will house the meat birds. I currently live on 2 1/2 acres of hilly woodland in New Hampshire, so a tractor is out of the question. I was thinking about an open air coop design but I am not sold on that because the night time temps. have been anywhere from 40 deg. to 20 deg, for the past month. I was wondering what you all use for housing and if you have any suggestions? Thank you so much for your help!