Thanks so much in advance for reading my ridiculously long, detailed post! It's so nice to have such a great community for support in our new adventure! We're new to all of this so please excuse us! Here's the info: We live in southern California. The weather ranges from summers in the 80-100s, mild winters (no snow), the air is dry, it never rains, and we have no grass, only dusty dirt. The coop is under a tree that will provide shade from the high sun of the day, as well as it is built against a shed that will provide protection from weather and predators along one side. We have a sweet baby rooster (possibly a golden phoenix) that our wonderful neighbors are housing for us until we're set up. As well as two adult laying hens. Their breed is unknown as of right now.. our neighbors' friends can't keep them anymore and will be gifting them to us when we're set. No, we aren't too worried about only having one rooster and two hens. He is very docile and sweet and we hope that the women will raise him to mind his manners. However, should he begin over mating them, we have a nice home for him to go to. Our fine feathered friends will only be allowed outside of the coop/run a couple of times a week for an hour or so, unless they quickly learn their boundaries. They will never be allowed out anywhere near dusk as we have a lot of coyotes in our area. Our current concern is the coop. Excuse the poor picture quality, it is bright here and our lens is scratched. The coop is made from all recycled/reclaimed wood! This is the front view. We will be putting wood paneling, similar to what can be seen behind the nesting boxes, along the front on a hinge with lock so it can be opened for collecting eggs, cleaning, maintenance, etc. We have considered placing permanent fencing here so that in the hot summer days the front can be opened without chance of anyone escaping to provide a little more air flow. Hard to see in the picture, but there is also a roof on a hinge with lock as well. Here is a view down into the nesting coop. Two nesting areas up top will be adorned with straw for the ladies. The ground will have pine bedding. FIRST QUESTION: is this the only place we should have pine bedding? For instance, should we have it in the run as well? (See next picture) The bottom right of the nesting coop has an open doorway for access to/from the run. We will be adding the chicken fencing (set into the ground of course to deter our local coyotes) about 4-5 feet out to the right and will be as deep and a tall as the nesting coop. The food/water will be kept here. The very end of the fencing will have an access point so that we can enter as needed as well as let our fine feathered friends out to roam while supervised. Now for the QUESTIONS! FIRST question: is the floor of the nesting coop the only place we should have pine bedding? Or should it extend into the run as well? Our ground, as you can see, is a dusty dirt, which I think the chickens will like. Being that the coop isn't too tall, I don't worry too much about them hurting their feet when they land on the dirt from outside roosts. SECOND question: As of right now the only nesting coop roost we have is six or so inches of the ground in the very back and about six or so inches from the shed (best seen in the first picture). I'm guessing they won't like this roost and we'll end up taking it out. DOES THERE NEED TO BE A ROOST INSIDE? We were planning on adding two different height roosts in the fenced in run that the little ones will have access to 24/7. I'm afraid if they don't have a roost inside and need one, they'll start trying to use the walkway between ramps and dirty the ramps. This is a big question for us, so any help would be appreciated! As you can see, if they do in fact need one, we're going to have to do some major remodeling. THIRD question: As of right now we plan on using fencing for the top of the run, rather than a solid roof. Will this play any part as to if the little ones will roost outside? (i.e. maybe they won't feel as safe without a solid roof and thus won't want to sleep outside?) FOURTH question: While we have mild winters with no snow, that doesn't mean it doesn't get cool. We find ourselves making fires in the evenings throughout december and january. Is it acceptable to cover the fenced run with a tarp in these months, just in the evenings when it's cool, to help maintain comfort? FIFTH question: Do you see any problems or have any suggestions to make?? We're open! We are finishing our coop tomorrow and hope to have the chickens by end of weekend. Any advice on introducing them to the coop etc would be welcome. SIXTH question: We have a bit of an outside ant problem here. They're just the tiny ones, nothing crazy. I know the chickens will enjoy them, but will we have any issue with the ants going after the food/water? If so, what can we do?