We've very new to chicken keeping. We have 7 adult birds that were given to us and we built an A-frame coop for our sweet new friends. The coop is off the ground and the floor is some salvaged window shutters. Our thinking was it would be easy to hose down and the drooping would just fall underneath. Well it ain't working for us! The coop smells terrible and they have to walk through droppings to get to the nesting boxes. The eggs are surprisingly clean for the most part but still.. I will admit we haven't been hosing it down everyday - seems like someone is always wanting to be in there to lay an egg or just hang out. So that may just be the solution.
So my questions are:
Should we change the floor and if so what would be best - would putting hay on it help and if so would we still be able to hose it or would that make the hay gross? See how new we are!! And is there something we can spread under the coop to keep the smell down like DE or PDZ - which I know nothing about except what I read.
My next question is would it be ok to move the nesting boxes out of the coop and under a lean-to that we made to give them some shade - we live in FL - or is it best to keep it in the coop?
They are pretty much free range as far as our run goes - it's probably 1/8 of an acre.
Sorry for the long post and thanks in advance for the help!!