Hello everyone ! We acquired 8 chicks May 2 & 4, as first time chick parents. I've always wanted pet chickens, and hubby gave some to me for my May 1st birthday. Then our 5 year old granddaughter wanted some, and hubby picked out a Flavorelle chick. My first four were 2 Easter Eggers and 2 Gold Sex Links. Granddaughter picked a French Black Copper Marans, a Swedish Flower, and a Rhode Island Red. They are a great flock. Hubby is a carpenter and built the coop and run. We still have yet to add the nesting boxes. We live on a one acre lot in a subdivision just outside a small city limit. We are all in love with our girls. Their interactions, verbal and physical actions, watching as each one grows, each unique personality, are fascinating. We have lawn chairs, table, mosquito torches, drink holders, just outside the run and enjoy watching them. Since they first came to us, we have taken weekly photo shoots to track the changes and growth. We were surprised how clean they are, how much they look out for one another, what role each plays in the 'pecking order', which is still a bit in flux, and the acuity of the vision and hearing. The internet lead us to some excellent information from a few homestead farms with serious and necessary information, which has been invaluable. Every time i have a question, it is great to have these references, and BackYard Chickens was one that we kept returning to, so we decided to join this e-community. Now we are concerned about the summer weather. We live along the Gulf Coast and experience extremely hot humid days, severe thunderstorms, and the occasional disastrous hurricane. How to we protect the flock from the elements ?