I am real excited about keeping a few hens for eggs and have been reading, talking to people, and locating nearby suppliers of feed. I have a small 4 x 8 run and am building a coop based on the dozens of plans I found on the internet. A couple of questions still remain, if anyone would be kind enough to help.
First, southern NJ is not the farm country it was. People order chickens from other states, even TEXAS. iS THIS RECOMMENDED? A few local places say they only get birds in the spring.
Second, there seems to be a 50-50 slit in coop designs in terms of whether it is raised off the ground or not. What is better, assuming the floor will be plywood and sealed from predators? I figured it would be colder up off the ground in the dead of winter.
Thanks for any help in this. I want get this stuff right.