Hi My husband and I are thinking about having chickens but we're both totally new to it and we really want to avoid making mistakes. We life near Barstow in California, so we're especially wondering about what kind of extra things we need to keep a eye on since we do life in the desert. Which besides the heat, also includes dangers like snakes and coyotes. We life in a rural area and have a fully fenced in 1.8 acre property which currently includes a house (of course ), 300 pistachio trees and a large vegetable garden and which has plenty of space for chickens. We do want to keep them in a back corner of our property so the noise of the rooster hopefully wont bother us to much. We want to use the chickens for eggs and meat by the way. We were thinking of making something like this : but then with a 6 ft full wooden fence around it to keep out the snakes and to keep the coyotes and our dogs from disturbing the chickens. We also want to make a wire roof on it so the chickens can't fly out and nothing can fly in to bother the chickens. And put the housing itself in a corner. I'm not sure how well it would work though since I realize that the chickens need enough ventilation in the summer since it easily gets over a 110F/40C here. In the winter time it normally gets just below freezing during the night and on the coldest days it's around freezing or a little above it so do we need anything for that like a heater or ventilation in the housing? We're also not sure how many chickens we should get for just the two of us and how much space they need.