First- Glad to be here. I have been lurking here for a few weeks mining info on this whole chicken thing- new to me. My wife bought some chicks cuz "they were so cute"....so I went with it and figured why not. Now we are building coop an A frame coop (or I am..... ) that is about 9.5ft x ~4 ft. I got all my material for free from scrap and so I am just piecing it together the best way I can. I plan on having about 5 chickens (~4 sq/ft per chicken, right?). So now I have a few questions for all your great minds. http://flic.kr/p/bwsKAs So this is my first chicken coop attempt. The coop itself is about 5ft x4 ft. The run is about 4.5x4 foot. Since I took this pic I put the rest of the the plywood on the roof and put a door in the back of it. What is your advice as far as roofing materials go? What is cheap? I was thinking that corrugated plastic pvc stuff. Seems easy to install etc. How about the front of it. I need a door of some sort. Do you all have any suggestions? I was just thinking some more plywood on hinges, but I dont know. Another question is security. I have left excess chicken wire. If I bury it will it keep animals out? It looks like I'm in the woods, but I am actually in the city- just a part of the city with some pastures. So I'm not too worried...but there are dogs, skunks, cats, etc. Where do I put the feed and water? In the run or the coop? Do chickens need to be put up in the coop and the door closed at night? I live in Idaho- my winter gets fairly cold. Will a heat lamp work well enough with some rhode island reds- thats what I'm thinking of getting? Does it matter if there is a perch inside the coop vs in the run? Thanks so much for the help.