OK, so our coop is almost built. Used plans that we purchased online. Now I just can't decide where we should put it. I'm hoping for some input please. We live in the country on 5 acres and definitely are visited by coons and possums. We have 3 dogs and 3 outdoor cats (but not feral). We were going to place the coop on the concrete pad in front of the barn that is on our property line. There is a small 4 foot plastic fence dividing us and the neighbor's driveway--he is NOT an animal lover. It is more out in the open and near our front pond. We would like the chickens to free range but I am a bit nervous about my dogs chasing them as the love the squirrels around here. OR we could place the coop at the back of the house, out my back patio door where there is about 20 feet before reaching the edge of the woods. The dogs are on a perimeter collar so they don't go in the woods. It is a bit more quiet out back---we do have a lot of bird feeders out there as we have a rich bird environment that we love to watch. I would love for our girls (now 2 weeks old) to free range as much as we can and find their own food and come in to their hen house/coop every night. Obviously if we put it out back we will need to protect against digging animals so we thought we would put in a hardware wire floor with some dirt on top and then pine shavings. Any thoughts? My children say there are hawks or some kind of big birds they see flying around in the sky. So I am thinking the chickens might be safer from them back in the back, nearer the woods? Because out front it is very open with fewer trees and the pond and horse pasture. Of course I don't know how far they will wander from their coop every day. Our neighbors down the road have chickens and we see them out along the side of the road (probably getting grit) but don't know them very well so haven't called them. Any advice on where to place the coop that I haven't thought of? Thanks. We have 2 days to finish this before my hubby leaves on a business trip.