Hi all So I've been dreaming about chickens for years, and am finally moving to a town that allows them! I'm just now in the designing stage and could use some suggestions. We have a TON of predators. Our house is next to a cornfield and grain elevators so field mice are a huge problem as well. Ive seen some unfamiliar bouncing weasel type critters in the neighbors yards too. So we've decided on a closed coop and run, and a small flock of 5 or 6 bantam hens with a Fort Knox of hardware cloth over EVERYTHING. Then I'm thinking sand for the run to keep things clean and dry because it's close to the house... but what should I do under the sand in the run? Should I just do a hardware cloth skirt under the ground and use the existing dirt... then just pour sand on top? Or would I be better off building a large platform floor of some kind so I can move the whole coop and run if I want? I'm nervous about making the coop too permanent in case my location for it turns out to be less than ideal. I've heard cement is great, why? Would cement pavers work or does it need to be poured cement? Anybody else in my situation successfully repelled the mice or is it a lost cause? Would love to hear your solutions! Teach me O wise ones!