Hi all, Ive been reading through alot of the cleaning threads and finding them helpful - thank you. We're new to chooks - had them since Jan this year. I only have a small number of chooks in a suburban backyard. We have 4 pullets at the moment - and Im quite happy with that number. We have an enclosed run (too many cats, foxes, etc around here) with a coop - a bird aviary we converted. The run is dirt, with a small amount of construction sand mixed in. I have some tree branches - they love sitting on and under these, a 'dust bucket' (for dust bathing - filled with construction sand and with a lid that keeps the water out when its raining) and their food and water in there. We have a few large rocks in there too. I can stand in the run. The coop is smallish, I cant stand in it (my 2 year old can - just!) but I can pop my head in there. We have 2 roosts and a nesting box in there. I use wood shavings in there and straw in the nesting box. Some questions: 1. How often should I rake out the run? 2. My chooks have been scratching around and scratch up small rocks in the dirt in the run? Should I leave these or rake them out? 3. How often should I clean out the coop? 4. My pullets wont be laying for a month or two more, we have a nesting box in there set up already. It's getting sat in and pooped in, which I know is not good. Do I take it out? How do I know when to put it in again? Or just chicken wire it off, so they can't access it? 5. What do you put in your run to keep the chooks happy and busy? I throw in a cob of corn or two a couple of times a week - they go CRAZY over the corn! Love it! Thank you in advance for your advice and help! We love our chooks and Im very much wanting to learn the best ways to keep them happy and healthy.