I live in North Dakota with my sons and husband. I am professionally a Licensed Addictions Counselor and my husband owns and operates a trucking business. I am not currently working as I am busy being a mom to my sons. We are blessed to have a rural home on 40 acres. We have horses, dogs, and cats and have had goats and ducks in the past. I have been wanting chickens for a very long time, and am now in the preparation stage! I am so excited!!! So, for the help I am seeking... I bought a 2year old 6X8 foot solidly built shed. It has one door currently. It is insulated and sheeted inside and has a slanted steel roof. It is wired for electricity, which will be trenched to the coop and hooked up, and has a light built in. It also has an infrared heater hooked to a thermostat, no exposed wired anywhere. It is built on treated skids and the floor does not sit directly on the ground, although it is sided to the ground. I am installing an automatic pop door with a ramp so the birds can enter and leave. I plan to lock the birds in at night as we have MANY predators in this rural area. I am also putting vents up near the ceiling on each end and along the back. Do I have to have windows as well? They will have a very large run, or securely fenced in area, and will be able to be outside as much as they want, until dusk. I plan to start with about 8 laying hens and will build three nest boxes (unless I need more?). Eventually I will get several butcher chickens, but not at this time. I would appreciate ANY guidance at all. I am hoping to hear that it is not necessary to have windows, as I'm kind of worried about cutting windows into the shed. Living in North Dakota, our winters tend to range from very cold to very, very cold. And we have much wind all year long. Thank you to all who read this and offer support. I've been reading this site for a long time and just joined today. Cheers2Ya!