Hi all So, we've bought a house with about 6 acres and I'm preparing for chickens! I have a few questions, I know I've read the answers somewhere, but now that I need them, I'm not remembering them, sigh. 1. Roughly how long from hatching will I need to keep my babies in a brooder/indoors? I live in SE Alabama, zone 8a. I'd like to do a hatch soon (incubator is on the way), so I can have laying hens in the spring. Average winter temps for my area are high 50s/low 60s during the day and low 40s/high 30s at night. Basically I'd like to know how long my babies will be inside, and how long I have to build their coop. (I have plans and most of the materials already) 2. I bought plans for an A-frame (ark?) coop that I can move around the yard. After I bought them, someone at the local feed store said if I put them on my lawn, they will fry it. Other things I've read say if I move one or twice a day, that won't be an issue. Give me the nitty gritty here, is the manure going to burn my yard? How often do I need to move them to prevent that? Should I water the area to dilute the manure as soon as I move them? My yard looks like crap already, it hasn't been well taken care of in years. The reason I chose this particular coop was because of the ease in moving it around, to take advantage of the free fertilizer. Then, after talking at the feed store, i read that I should compost the manure for 9-12 months before using it??? Thoughts and experiences, please? 3. I live in the country, but I'm not sure what the natural predators are here. I know owls are an issue, I assume we also have deer, raccoons, possibly bobcats. We have one or two outside cats (they came with the house, we think one was killed by a car this morning , they are wild, we haven't been able to catch or trap them). I don't know what else may be in the area, what would you guys recommend for the bottom of the pen/coop? I want the chickens to be able to get to the grass and ground, of course, would chicken wire or hardware cloth be the best choice? Thanks for any advice!