Hi everybody, I'm new here and would like some info on a building a coop. I've got my idea and space picked out, but do chickens need access to the ground for pecking and just being chickens, or can they stay in a raised coop? I wanted to build the coop off the ground and make the floors and walls out of chicken wire for ventilation and easy cleaning, with the exception of the nesting boxes. I live in southwest Florida so it's hot here must of the time. Thanx in advance for your suggestions.