We are in the process of building our chicken coop/run, it will be 8' x '12, with a 4' x 8' coop inside a few feet off the ground and will house 3 ladies (we plan to add 2 more next spring). Right now all I have done is laid the 8x12 frame, and buried wire mesh about a foot deep all the way around, so I still have a lot to do. I plan on having 6 posts - 4 at the corners of the 8 x 12 run, and 2 more at the other corners of the 4x8 coop - my question is should I cement those posts into the ground? Or just bury them? Or does it matter? A few factors to consider - we live on a mountain so the structure is on a slope, and we do see significant wind and a lot of rain run-off. In addition, we have a lot of wildlife - coyotes, fox, bears and etc., - I think the cement posts may be necessary to help prevent damage from a bear.
Thoughts? Any advice would be much appreciated. I have built a coop before, but my previous one was much smaller and on a nice flat surface in an area free of significant predators - very easy to build.