We are new to chicks but are loving the adventure! We have 5 chicks, two weeks old and will be moving them out of the house in 3-4 weeks. My husband built a coop but I just don't think it's enough. Can I get your opinion? First of all, we live in an area that gets VERY windy! In the springtime the wind will blow between 20-60 mph. Unfortunately the only place we could place our coop was in an area that will get a lot of wind. The areas that are blocked by the wind are where we park our cars. In the winter it gets cold, into the high negatives at night and below freezing during the day for the most part. Poor chickens! One of our issues is how to block them from the wind and cold. We planned on cutting some spots out and adding chicken wire, probably on the sides but I've read a few posts and seen a few pictures where people don't put chicken wire. Is chicken wire necessary? Also, we have some neighborhood dogs that run around at night so we put the coop up where dogs couldn't see them and bark at them to scare them into never coming out. Is this too high? It's about 3 feet or so. We are also planning on installing a light to provide some warmth during the winter. Is that okay? Will it suffice? Another concern is the size. Like I mentioned, we have 5 chicks but I worry that when they are full grown the coop will be too small. My husband disagrees saying they will only be using the coop (should I be calling this a chicken BOX instead of COOP because of the size?) to lay and sleep at night but I'm thinking ahead to next winter when we have snow on the ground. Do chickens want to come out when it's cold and snowy? I tried to take some pictures of the inside but it was a little hard to get a picture that gives an idea. Basically, they are just nesting boxes with no where to roam. Do they need somewhere to walk around? My lack of knowledge is really showing here, isn't it!? Any suggestions/help/tips/ideas would be greatly appreciated!