Hello all! First post on here, though I've been reading around and collecting some information! My fiance and I are looking into getting some chickens over the coming weeks but this is all very new to us! He's thinking he wants 10, but I'm thinking 4-5 is a much more realistic number for us being first time and getting accustomed to it. We live in southeast Michigan so I have been reading a lot about weatherproofing coops, etc. We are looking to purchase a pre-fab coop at least to start and potentially adding on/building off of that in the future. Some of the basics I've found that I need to consider are - Weatherproofing and insulating for rain/snow in our climate - A poop shelf for easy cleaning - Ensuring coop we assemble has wire to keep predators out from all angles - Heated water container I would really like advice on bedding though! It seems shavings seem to be a great option, but I see other sites recommending other options. So, as you can see, total newbie looking for any recommendations or tips you've got! Everything is definitely appreciated.