We are knocking around ideas for our first coop and are stuck on "what about the weather". As those who live in the area know, we can be consistently hot during the summer, but can also get fairly cold in winter. When I think about sitting in a wooden structure through a San Antonio summer night or day, I can't help but think it's torture. So my first inclination is to build an open air coop. However, I've also read on these forums that chickens prefer a dark secure place at night. Also prohibiting the open air coop is the neighborhood feral cat population. I have to shepherd my chicks diligently because the cats are so aggressive. When they would usually scatter at the sight of me, they have no problem with my presence when they have a chicken dinner in their sights. Also, the open air coop would be horrible for the hens in winter. The coop would have to be very sturdy/predator proof. Besides installing central air (joking), how have the rest of you central/south Texans made your coops comfortable for your chickens? More info: We live on a larger city lot, but still a city lot. Due to ordinance limits, and to appease the neighbors, we will never have more than three hens. I grew up in Minnesota and have a bit of weather confusion as to how cold San Antonio winters really are.