Hello all, I am new to chicken culture (4 new chicks) and am embarking on building my coop. I live in an area with just about every predator from above and below around (a neighbor had a chicken carried off by an eagle!). So I am thinking about building a 4' x 4' coop with a 4' x 10' enclosed run. For the run I'm planning on having hardware cloth under the entire run, sides and under roofing. I have been reading about deep litter and would like to try that. I'm wondering if I need to dig down (how far?) or just remove grass with sod cutter and start from there? Does anyone use deep litter in the coop itself? how deep? how do they manage it? Is this enough room for the chickens to be healthy and happy? Will there really be no odor?
Also do chickens like window in the coop? I see windows in lots of fancy coops but I Always though chickens like to roost where it's dark. Am I wrong?
I realize this may be a common thread, so if there is already stuff to read, point me that way!
Thanks- any comments on deep litter appreciated!