Hi, my name is Marci and I am new here and new to owning poultry. I have 6 pullets that are now about 5 weeks old and I'm just finishing their coop. It is 4X10 and is 6 ft high in the front and 5 ft. in the back so the rain and snow will drain. When I get done, I will post some pictures. I have a question, though. I live in NE Wyoming.....which means NO trees. We live out on the prairie. I've been reading posts since I got my chickies 4 weeks ago and people keep talking about making sure there are trees for shade or some type of shade in their yard. Should I make some little chickie lean-to's for shade? In their yard, there will also be 6 ducks with a small plastic pool for a pond. Will this be ok for the chickies to be around? The coop has two large windows on the south and east side since in the winter it gets quite cold and I figured the windows would help keep things warmer. So only one side of the coop will have shade all the time on the inside. I do have a large open "vent" on the north side with a door that can be opened or closed depending on the weather. Oh, and the yard will be quite large.....not sure exactly how large yet, but good size for the number of birds I have. I have some used fence and green posts already and that is what I will be using. Also, to keep skunks and stray dogs out, I will be adding a line of electric fence along the bottom. I must say, this site has made my dream of having chickies a reality. Otherwise I wouldn't know where to start! Thank you all of you that have posted regularly because I have learned so much! My DH thinks I'm crazy but he has helped with the building of my coop though at times we did not agree on my design. But in the end, I won out and my chickies are actually in it right now even though it's not quite done. They are getting big enough now that I need to finish so they can start playing in the grass. Thanks for the help!