It has been about three decades since I last owned chickens. I was a teen back then and our family raised hens for eggs and poultry. I now have two children that I want to be involved in raising chickens and ducks. We have started with six Ameraucanas and 6 straight run ducks. They are chicks still and thinking I've got about another month before they are ready to make their way outside. This will give me some time to get my thoughts together on what to do for their coop/pen. A couple of thoughts I have is to either put the coop/pen in the back on dirt or I could lay in a concrete slab to place the coop and pen on. My thought is in placing the coop/pen on will make it easier for cleanup. I just run a shovel through the pen to pick up the poop and throw in our manure spreader for the grass. But like I said..it's been nearly 3 decades since raising chickens. Would be great to hear what you all have to say. Where I live, we do have a fox that runs around here....though I've never seen it our neighbor has caught it on their surveillance camera at times. We also have large birds capable of picking them up. So, the pen has to have a top to it. I'm considering the following already made coop/pen: http://www.tractorsupply.com/ware-manufacturing-premium-chick-n-house-pen-nest-box-kit-1027433 I'm not handy with wood work....but I would be fine with running fencing. What are your thoughts? Appreciate all your help!