Hello all! I have recently purchased my first chicks and they are living in the garage till they get bigger and we have a coop built. I am on overload with the variety of chicken coops available and would like some experienced input. I have purchased 10 chicks and will be keeping only the hens. This is what we were thinking. The building would be about 5 x 8 (this can be changed). It will be tall enough to stand in. (Hubby will be building, but will probably look like a shed). We haven't decided on a size for the fenced area yet, but I have read we need to bury 1' of fence around the perimeter. What's the best kind of fencing to use? Does it need to be completely enclosed (covered)? I was thinking of locking the chickens in the house at night for protection from predators, does anyone do this? Do you normally feed and water in the house or outside? What kind of ventillation is needed in the house? We live in central Tennessee. How many windows are normally put in a coop? That's all the questions I can think of for now. Just want to say thank you for any suggestions.