Hi everyone, I am new to this site, (just joined tonight) and getting my first chickens and building my first coop! I was suggested to get Sussex Speckled, since their personality is better than the Rhode Island Reds my Dad had when I grew up. I originally wanted RIRs, but think the Speckled will be better. Like I said before, this is my first chickens I had myself, I would be having them for eggs/pets. Does anyone know what I should do for my first coop? What's the best bedding? Are heat lamps a good idea for Winter? I live in the Piedmont of NC, 20 mins from Charlotte, in the country. It also has to be predator safe, because we have a lot of them here. An have a roof, since we have Owls and Hawks. Plus, can't have a way for predators to dig into the coop.