I am a newbie and have chicks in a brooder right now. I am trying to plan and make good decisions on housing the chickens. I am leaning toward using a smaller coop or hutch type of housing. I am wondering if the chickens are only confined in it at night and have an outdoor area for daytime use, do they need feed in the hutch or is water enough? And any input on types of coops etc would be greatly appreciated. I will have a flock of 15 if they all make it. I have a smallish yard and cannot build a huge coop. I have already built a tractor that I can use for 3-4 at a time and will have quite a large area fenced off for them. But because of the lay-out, I don't have room for more than a storage shed type of structure. I am also wondering how people feel about a wire floor in a hutch to allow poop to drop through. I live in the SW USA so it is temperate but it seems like it would be uncomfortable for the chicken's feet. I would also appreciate more info on using sand for the litter. Thanks in advance for all of your experienced advice!