Hi there! Fairly new to this forum. Posted once already a couple weeks back freaking out about our new hens (as this is a new endeavor for us). I got a lot of great advice - the best being to just "relax and calm down". LOL. Our hens are 4wks now and still in a very extended "condo-plex" as we call it in our house. That said, as all of you know - they are getting bigger, and messier, and well...get them out of my house. Our coop is built and I have brought them out there on many warm days, but they are still too little to be out all the time as our nights are still a bit cool and they are too young I know. Couple of questions though before we put them in there permanently. Our current predators are: Hawks, Bald Eagles, Foxes, Bears, Owls, and the occasional fisher cat. The fox and owls are regulars (in fact may live in our back yard somewhere). We are planning on skirting the coop, but I was told I need to skirt it AND go down (bury it) at the end of the skirting. Is this what most owners do? skirt and dig? Digging down for us will be a bit of a challenge as we have a sprinkler system that is only 6" deep in our yard. I want our little hens safe though so if burying AND skirting are the way to go - we'll do it. There is only 1 sprinkler head behind the coop so we could possibly try to chase down what direction it goes in to assure we won't hit it when burying. Also, on the skirting - I've seen some folks just let grass grow through it and when an predator digs they won't realize it's there. Has anyone planted plants? bushes? flowers? that are a deterrent? Or put something else down on the skirting? I'm an avid gardener so would love to plant something around the coop, but want it safe for the girls if they can get their little beaks through to it. Thanks all! I'm sure I'll be here a lot now as I learn.