Hello all. I am new to chickens and have yet to build a coop. I am looking for as much information on building as I can before I actually build. I am especially concerned about predator security and extreme cold in the winter months, which now apparently includes October. I live in the sticks in central WI, so we have bear, wolf, bobcats, fox, etc. and a lot of yotes. Our coop will quite literally be in the woods, so I want to make sure I do what I can to protect them. I am interested in raising chickens for both egg laying and meat. I plan on starting with the egg birds and possibly adding meat birds in the future. I want to raise chickens to become a little more self sufficient and to teach our children responsibility and so that they are more self sufficient in the future. Other hobbies include woodburning, hiking, kayaking, camping. We have two dogs, who will hopefully protect the birds more than terrorize, and two cats. I found this site while researching coop building.