Hi, wanted to tell everyone a giant "Thank You!" before I even got started with my coop. Before registering on BYC I saw a ton of great ideas and spent a lot of time reading up on all the lessons posted and the highs and lows of raising chickens. This is my first venture raising chickens - my wife and I have always talked about it but this time we jumped at the chance when the local TSC started their Chick Days. Anyhow, Spring Break is starting up and I'm going to put my kids to work on planting a garden and building the coop for the girls. I have a lot of great ideas from the medium coop designs that were posted and I'm mishmashing some of them in my head (to get them on paper). I live in NW Arkansas - around Van Buren - and the summer never really gets above 105* too many times. It's normally pretty breezy in my backyard and there's some nice shading from the trees. We have 15 pullets that are growing tremendously fast! Since they're from TSC I'm not exactly sure how large they're going to get so I don't know if I should go with 6 or 8 roosting boxes. I know the specifics of keeping the coop portion raised off the ground and changing the openings of wire or using hardware cloth for the first 2 feet up from the ground, and caulking/sealing any and all cracks. Any other suggestions on paneling construction? I'm hoping to make the coop be mostly 3 walls with hardware cloth/wire on the inside run facing wall (which can be paneled up in winter). I'm going to use the idea of normal windows mounted backwards so the girls can enjoy the breeze and stay cooler. You all are the best with all the replies and hints posted on the forums!