Hi everyone! My husband and I are brand new to the world of chickens... we just purchased our first three bantam chicks earlier this week. We also purchased a pre-fab coop. Thankfully we found it locally and only paid $200. http://www.mypetchicken.com/catalog...ursquare-Coop-with-Run-3-4-chickens-p720.aspx I've read through this forum and realize that this coop isn't ideal, but I'm hopeful that it will fit our needs well. We live in the 'burbs, so we needed something that is visually pleasing, small in stature, and the price was right. The description says that it can hold up to 4 standard-size chickens, but looking at it's size, I couldn't imagine them piling in there, so that's why we chose 3 bantams. Anyway, a couple of questions! Before we assemble it, we're wondering if we should treat the wood? I believe it's made of cedar and the decription says that a "non-toxic wood sealer" has been used. Is that enough? If we should treat it with something, does anyone have a safe and effective recommendation? I've been trying to do a search, but haven't come up with much... We're wondering if, instead of digging a trench and burying hardware cloth underneith, would using pavers be a bad idea? How would that work, could we make a little paver-patio under and a foot or so surrounding the coop? Would we want to still place hardware cloth under the pavers? Would this effectively keep predators from digging under? We live in a neighborhood and have a 6 foot privacy fence, so I'm mostly worried about cats, raccoons and maybe possoms. I apologize if I sound totally clueless, it's because I am! I just want to figure all of this out and provide a safe home for our babies once they're ready to go outside. TIA!!