I posted about this in Managing your Flock but not no responses. And now I have another question that is really more coop-related, so I"ll try here. I will be getting a new hen soon. My Olivia recently passed away and I think 3 is a good number b/c then if something happens to one the other isn't left all alone. I have more than a month to get ready, as I won't get another chicken until after my vacation, but I want to be ready. When I got Svetlana I took a risk and didn't q-tine--I knew the former owner, her chickens had been on her farm for years, no new ones had come in for at least a year, etc. But I probably won't take the risk again even though the new chicken will be coming from a similar environment. A few questions: Assuming I really do have to q-tine for 30 days (which seems a really long time!), I need to figure out where New Hen will live during that time. I have no appropriate outdoor location in which I can safely q-tine a chicken. So I was thinking I would have to keep her in the house the whole time, in a 4x4 dog exercise pen, covered, with paper on the floor. But then I saw this: http://www.chickensforbackyards.com/Backyard-Hutch-Free-Shipping-10686CB.htm $99, shipping included!!! Seems like a great deal, and I can see all kinds of uses for it in future (sick hens, etc.). BUT the description says, "Please note this unit is not predator proof and must be kept in a secure area." I have emailed them for details on WHY it is not, but can anyone see any good reason? If there is not wire across the bottom, I can easily add that. I would also put real latches on the door. I would only use this during the DAY to give the poor isolated girl a chance to be outside, so there would be very little risk from raccoons. The only predators that could be a problem would be stray dogs, but I would think that putting wire across the bottom would take care of that. At night she would be in my house in the exercise pen. Thoughts?? Thanks!