I am new to chickens, and am about to make my first coop. I have eight chickens and will soon (this weekend) be getting six guineas. Where I live it is VERY windy in the winter, regularly. By this I mean a 10 mile per hour wind is a light breeze around here. It seems the wind picks up November 1 and visits us almost every day all winter. The location I have for the coop, mostly because it was the only spot that will work for a run, is on the south side of our guesthouse and shop, so it will be protected from the nasty storms that come from the north. However, we also get a significant amount of wind from the south as well. . . The south wind So, I am trying to figure out how to layout the coop and ventilation to eliminate drafts as much as possible while still maintaining adequate ventilation. I am thinking of putting the vents on the east and west side of the coop up high, maybe with weatherstripped latching windows down lower on the north and south side for in the summer? I know wind can alter air flow, even causing the air in the coop to be stagnant if I don't set it up right (and of course I don't want it to be too drafty with continuous blowing). It will get to twenty below zero here, not counting windchill. I am also wondering about whether I should raise the coop off the ground, as it seems popular to do, or will that hurt me with as much wind as we get? I have also thought about raising it and just putting straw bales around it in the winter. . . though that would eliminate the animal proofing, so is there a point in raising it? I have younger kids, and don't want anything so high that it would make it difficult for them to collect eggs, feed, clean, etc. . . I appreciate any input you all have to give!