Hi everyone! I'm trying to learn as much as I can about chickens because... I'm getting two or three sometime this year or next! I know it's pretty far away, but I have a lot to learn before I get them Anyway, we live in Florida (specifically Pinellas Park) where it is H O T almost all the time, except for a few nights. My chickens will live solely in my back yard (quarter of an acre) and have free range, and then for their safety will go in a coop at night. The coop will stay open during the day, too, so they can go in if they want to. I'm still trying to design the coop, and that's where I'd like some help! In our area we have seen: - Coyotes - Crocodiles (or Alligators? I can't tell the difference) - Raccoons - Stray Cats - Black snakes - Rats/Mice - "chupacabra" as my S/O swear... I think it was a mangy dog Luckily, we haven't seen ANY of these in our back yard during the day time - but that doesn't mean they don't come in at night! So I am wondering what is the best option to keep the hen coop cool at night, but also safe from all of the predators? I also want to keep it cool enough during the day, because it can get 100 F+ here easily and I don't want them to go in to lay and egg and get heat exhausted. Of course I will leave water out for them always.