I have been reading forums on this site for quite a while, but I finally registered today! I currently have 34 chickens and a turkey. I also have a Labrador retriever that loves eating chicken food and poop, and the birds are not phased by her in their coop at all! I live in the NW corner of NM... It gets pretty cold here in the winter. Last winter I used a heated dog bowl for 12 birds... this year I am looking into trying something different that will work for a lot more birds! Love having my birds!!