I moved back to MT after a 16 year period in CO. Bought 4 chicks and am more nervous then I was when my sons were born. Anyhow, I've dealt with the chicks pasty butts and think I got my little ones happy and healthy. I was going to convert one half of my horse barn into a coop, it is dry with windows and secure from predators. Is there a reason most coops are raised off the ground? I plan on making a large run with access to compost pile, I just haven't seen any coop plans that are on the ground level.