I just found your sight last night and I have been reading nonstop. I am new to chickens I don't have them yet, they arrive end of July but we started the coop where I will put the brooded in. This is a dream come true for me I am so excited and this site has given me the knowledge and courage to do this. I have a couple of questions I can't seem to sort out on other posts. I am allergic to pine what can I use in the coop as a good substitute? I was going to use sand but I live in the north and winters are long and cold. The other question since I get my chicks end of July can they go outside before feathers or do I keep them in the coop until full feathered? Hate to waste the warm weather. Thank you in advance for any help and thanks for this site!