Hi all! I live in NM and am new to this chicken thing. I first looked at coops online, and they were garbage, so I got a huge 5' x 5' dog house off of Craig's list for free and set it up as a coop. I made a roost and could install premade nest boxes and maybe lift and angle the roof to make ventilation at the top, but I was contemplating making one. I went into the feed store, though, and they have some premade ones I was looking at for ideas. Many of them had a very open design - basically a hardware cloth and welded dog kennel with nest boxes, a roof, and a roost, and one solid wall as a windbreak. I have seen several like this. It makes me wonder if something like that might be better in our desert, often hot, climate than the enclosed style? I want to make them a nice, safe home, but I don't want to end up with a chicken hotbox or mite factory and cockroach haven. Is there somewhere that discusses different coop types for different environments? Right now, my chicks free range in my back yard (I live in the city) when I am home and can watch, or get locked up in their run (x-pen reinforced with hardware cloth, boards, and cement blocks) in the day when I am at work, and then get shut in their doghouse coop at night. I want something that I can stand up in to clean and maintain, that is airy and comfortable for them. I don't plan on hatching and raising chicks. I also want them to stay dry and secure during the monsoons. If I travel, I want something the chickensitter can manage. My carpentry skills are minimal - it took me two days to get the dog house screwed back together and the back hinged to swing open for cleaning. The plywood panels were really warped and rough. I don't even own a powered saw, but I think I need to buy one if I make a coop. So, is there an argument for the more open style coops, or are we just lazy here in NM? I am not talking about using the dog run as a chicken run and putting the enclosed coop inside of it, I mean a very open, sort of "lean-to" style that is more of a wind break than anything.