I live in Mira Mesa and just got three 5 week old chicks on Saturday. One Rhode Island Red, one Black Star and one Gold Star. First time chicken owner here :) I bought a Hen Haven Chicken Coop for them http://www.midwesthomes4pets.com/products/hen-haven-chicken-coop
So far I keep them in a plastic tub in the kitchen.
The coop is open on the bottom. Is it necessary to enclose the bottom part to keep predators out and if so what is the recommended method? I read that it isn't good for the chickens to stand on chicken wire so I guess you would have to burrow it somehow?
Anyways, hello from Mira Mesa. Glad I found this place =)
Welcome and congrats on your flock. The Hen Haven looks like a practical upkeep coop and I love it for that. However, you will quickly find out that your grown birds are going to be crowded in it and bored and pick on each other unless you provide more ample run area for them or allow them free-range in the day. Coops are only used by hens to lay their egg or roost for the night. The rest of the day is spent foraging, pecking, and scratching for seeds, worms, insects, etc. Also, the water and feed inside the run will take even more space from their foraging floor. I do like the Hen Haven but your adult hens are going to need a lot more ample run space. I once had a tiny little 4x6 coop that I set on paver stones to keep out digging predators. Eventually I erected a pop-up canopy over it to keep us dry when collecting eggs in the rain. Our coop was too tiny to keep two Silkies in it all day and eventually allowed them to free-range the backyard with lots of doghouses and makeshift lean-to's for them to hide from the hawks. Our Cooper's Hawk never attacked the hiding Silkies even when it could see them and was only 5 feet away from them! We had lots of frequently spaced hiding places for the hens and haven't lost one in 5 years so far.
We placed the coop on paver stones but left the center of the coop as a dirt floor - wasn't a good idea since chickens dig so deep for dust baths!
Our progress as we layed patio paver stones - unfortunately I don't have a photo of the pop-up canopy over the coop.