Should I worm the bigs before chicks arrive? I'll be cleaning the coop thoroughly anyway just before they arrive and now I'm almost a month out, so it'd be a good time to do it if it's a good idea. If I do, then I'll probably smear their legs with vaseline when I do the dose--we had scaly leg last summer. Anything else to do to the bigs before the littles arrive? I'm only stressing because last summer we had worms and mites (hot and humid). When I remove the winter bedding, how far away should I put it--far enough none of the birds can get in it? I usually compost it in the chicken yard at a spot where I can toss veggie scraps, etc, in without actually entering the yard. If not for the chicks, I wouldn't even clean it out yet. The new poop board catches most of the poops and they rarely stay inside, preferring to go out and under the raised coop.