We have two 13 day old chicks that are still indoors, and will be for another 2-3 weeks. After that, they will have a back yard coop and free range in a fenced back yard in mostly urban Madison, WI. They love running around the house, seek us out, roost on our shoulders. They will settle into the brooder box at night, but won't stay in unless we cage them otherwise, and the truth is, they are just too cute and friendly to keep them locked away. We enjoy having them run around the house with us. But, as you guessed, our floor is a mine field of poops that we try to scoop up as soon as possible, but the volume is amazing. I've read that chickens are very trainable, and these two certainly learn fast how to get where they want. Has anyone trained them to use a litter box or similar? The effort would be worth it, because come winter, it would be nice to have some indoor time with them, too.