through one thing and another i have lost all my chickens this year, no one else i know has had such a problem. i want to make sure i am prepared and i do it right so i will not have a repeat! my first year and a half with chickens hasnt been great or easy. i will begin again for spring i guess. i will use my time to look at chicks online and changing the chick house and coop. i would like to move it as i think some of the problems may be the location or the ground there. if i can prepare a good ground to settle during the winter it would be a fresh start. does anyone think this could help? if so what is a good ground to start with? compost? i have only owned this house 2 yrs and it is over 30 yrs old, it is possible the ground is contaminated in that area as the shed used to be over near there. other advice i am looking for: what is a friendly cute chicken that is possibly a bantam or fluffy as that is what dd would like. it has to be winter hardy, and not gonna fly away. i have not had predator problems. between 5 dogs, good fences and a solid yet ventilated coop the bad guys dont come here. they stick to the neighbor's garbage.