8 Rhode Island Red chicks are 1 week old and I've received 10 new baby Bard Rocks today. I've started clearing an area for a new coop. I'm planning on having a deep litter coop on a dirt floor. I'm in a high desert location in the Eastern Sierras. I'm debating whether to go to the trouble of installing a cinder block footing for the walls or just put the bottom of the walls on level ground. If I just put the walls on level ground, I'll need to bury hardware cloth around the walls to keep raccoon out. If I dig a footing and place concrete for the cinder block foundation, I could probably skip the hardware cloth. Either way I'll have a dirt floor. So it will either be walls on dirt or walls on a cinder block footing. Any body else have a similar situation?