Hello all, my husband and I are in the process of preparing our small homestead in northwest Montana and we both agree that the first residents (besides ourselves) should be chickens. We have a little bit of experience and knowledge to start us off because both sets of or parents raised chickens. The one thing that I am sure of today, is that I want a secure chicken coop that will make it healthy for my girls and easy for us to keep clean as we enter our later years. We are in an area that has numerous coyotes, roaming neighborhood dogs, and even and occasional bear. I would appreciate any hints that you are willing to share so I can make sure that their home is built before I Burt the babies. Later I will pick your brain for a cold hearty, loving breed as I fully expect to have my layers as pets! Coop FIRST!