Ok...I'm starting to construct a new outdoor coop and I'm stuck on a point...can't decide. I see many coops that are raised of the ground and others that are on the ground. Now, I had originally planned on doing a raised coop, but I keep reading about people who have chickens that won't use the ramp to go up and as a result some that just don't go in the coop, that worries me. Then I thought maybe I should do a coop that's on the ground...hoping no chickens would be left out due to the ramp learning cure Now I read that rodent invasion may be more of a issue with a ground level coop... Hope that made some sense So, is there a general school of thought on which would be better? This will be housing 8 hens (6 standards/1 silkie/1bantam) in a city backyard...all surrounded by privacy fence and the yard is prowled by pest killing dogs (24/7 dog door to the yard access-2 opossums down so far!) and 6 cats :3 So, help/ideas/opinions?