- Jan 11, 2012
We currently have our hen house and run about 10 ft. from our deck and patio. It is not a problem until it rains and the sand on the run bottom gets wet...AND IT IS VERY STINKY. That is my only issue with having it so close to the house. On a hot day with damp sand the flies and smell is not pleasant. We use a box fan to help air it out. AND I do scoop the poop every day (very hard in damp or wet sand). We have the run covered but blowing rain and dampness do make it in. The coop itself however is never damp or wet and can be sifted like a litter box. We have 6 hens at this time and they free range some of each day for a bit when i can be outside with them. Looks like you will have an awfully large litter box to keep clean. Good luck.