Pen- I use a long handled floor scraper to clean my chicken house. It will scrape off most any dried on poo. I have a big issue with mice living under my chicken house right now. Thanks to the hard winter, I have a lovely batch of them coming up to feed. With all the straw and feed that goes through the cracks, they should be FAT. I have been letting my dog and cats get some of the mice but it may be time to get some traps put under. Mochicken- My husband is out tilling as I type. I plan to get my garden in tomorrow while its dry enough. I hate gardening in August so I want to get it in while I can. Lovely day today. Chickens were oh so happy to be out tonight. Everyone is getting along too. New birds and old birds have had enough time out in the yard that they are no longer quarreling.