We are new to North Florida, and are getting ready to start our coop within the next week or so. With all of the high heat in the area, I am wondering what is best to feed our girls in the heat of the summer. I will be starting with a coop of about ten but hope to be closer to thirty by the end of September. We have ten plus acres, but due to being VERY rural we are doing a huge coop with one feet imbedded covered footings with a 12 x 12 to 12x14 foot fully enclosed run. We have lots of owls, hawks, snakes, racoons and a neighbor dog that has a past history of chicken raids. We plan to put everyone to bed in the coop section at night. We have located the coop close to the house and have several hunting dogs in training (pups) that let us know when there is something in the area. I am hoping that this helps eliminate the late night raids I have heard about. In addition we will be adding a couple of grower hogs in a different area of the farm this fall. Possibly a few sheep and a calf will be added to the mix as well. I started my compost shortly after the move, but located that in a corner of the back three acres. Any ideas, helpful tips or knowledge would be greatly appreciated.