I ordered the chicks before I built the coop. The oldest (8 Rhode Island Reds) were born on Oct 1. The youngest (10 Barred Rocks) were born on Oct 8. I need to finish this coop soon. I have to be at a wedding for a few days. Wondering if I can leave them with food and water for 2 or three days. I might have the coop finished by then. My neighbor said that a house on our block has raccoons in there yard every night eating figs. I'm hoping the concrete footing will discourage raccoons from digging under the coop walls. If it doesn't I'll add a hardware cloth apron. I'm going with a dirt floor and deep litter. Even though its a lot of work digging the footing, I'm having fun.