Hi ya'll! I am new on this site as well as new to chickens, my husband just finished my little coop yesterday and I plan on having about 4-5 in my flock. I will be raising for eggs not meat. I would appreciate any live and learns and what breeds are easiest to raise for egg laying.
My biggest fear is predators, and l am going to take every precaution to keep my feathered friends alive! We deal with a variety of predators here but my biggest concern is the raccoons. They are so wiley. We have set the coop on paver blocks which is on top of buried cinder blocks and then anchored down the coop to the cinder blocks with metal in 6 places. We also have installed better hinges and hooks. I have purchased padlocks to go on the hooks as well. The mesh on the the bottom of the coop seems kind of sturdy, however we have also purchased sturdier hardware cloth that I could to staple gun to the wood inside the run. I am also going to install a bigger run for them when I am not home during the day, and when I am home they will be out free ranging.