I guess I should have planned further ahead, and had my coop DONE before the chicks arrived, but it just didn't work out that way. I got 12 chicks on May 7 (day olds) and put them in a 2.5' x 2.5' x 4' plywood box I made in the basement. I lined it with newspaper and about 2 inches of wood shavings, and put a heat lamp over it. They've been very happy there while I've been frantically trying to finish the coop. Now that they're 12 days old or so though, I noticed yesterday that when I walked past the box in the basement, I left tracks in the floor! Then I started noticing the layer of fine dust over just about everything. My wife isn't impressed. When I get them outside (hopefully this weekend), what's the best way to tackle this cleanup? Will a shopvac just resuspend it all? Or should I wipe everything down with water? Or both? In hindsight, I should have hung a curtain all the way around a small area in the basement and at least limited it to just one spot. Oh well. Live and learn. These are my first chicks ever!