Hi! We are new to chicken raising and so I've been trying to do as much research as possible on what we want in a coop. We have debated building our own versus having a local man who builds coops (and raises chickens) as a living.
My biggest question is on what types of materials use. We are in the PNW so it's wet here. The area the coop and run will be is well protected though on all four sides and the drainage is excellent in that part of the yard. The run will be covered. The builder uses a combination of cedar and "dry fir". We looked into using all cedar and it is so Expensive!
I've read so many different things on what to do to keep mice and rats out, and so much is conflicting. Is it best to line the bottom of the run and coop with hardware cloth? Or is the apron method best?
We plan to set the coop up some type of bricks or cinder blocks and thought about sandwhiching the hardware cloth between those areas, but to go under the coop or away from the coop?
We have 4 chicks and at most might have a couple more in a year or two. The total area will be about 4' x 8'
Anyway thanks in advance!