I am still weeks away from being ready to start with chickens, but I was interested in getting a few answers now, while I have plenty of time to plan. Eventually I would like to post pictures of the area I have to work with, but first, basic questions to get ideas going. How important is even ground for a coop? If I can build my own, or modify a pre-built one to be even, is that just as good as building on even ground? The space I am ready to move in to is butted up against a slope. I imagine if I could create some cinder block footings and build from there, I could still have a study 2-story set-up, but want to check. I only want 3 hens, so I am sure I can find a small flat area for a coop. My second question is probably a trickier solution. Ideally, I want my chickens to have as much free range as possible, and I also would like for them to have access to the area surrounding as much as possible, the base of our home. We have very large centipedes here that can get in, and the chickens I see here go absolutely nuts for them. I would allow free range, but we have large trucks coming through our property, and the landlord cares for a large garden he would not be pleased to find pecked through. Does anybody have an idea the best way to pen chickens in to an irregular area? Obviously, I wouldn't be able to cover the area, and it would probably be quite a large space. How high do you suspect the fencing would need to be to keep them in? I am less concerned with things getting in, since we don't have any common predators on Oahu. I do want to check with some local keepers to confirm I can be as relaxed about that as I am. Thanks a lot. I'd like to post some pictures of the space I have to work with (it has a lot of work first) to get some advice from experienced owners. This will be my first flock, and first real attempt with birds at all.