Hello there, tomorrow I absolutely have to get his coop done. The poor chicks are getting cramped and I'm getting concerned they'll start pecking at each other. Because of the slickensides clay we have in the spot I'm building on I have decided to use pylons (piers) to attach the 4x4's to for the corners of the coop. Should I bury them or keep them on top of the soil? If I keep them on top I may have to worry about making steps UP into the coop. If I put them in the ground I will need to worry about the wood of the bottom of the coop touching the wet ground for most of the year and possibly rotting. The piers are thick and flat bottomed enough so that they won't move in the slickensides clay so I'm not worried about that if they should go in the ground. Any advice?