Ok new to raising chickens and so glad I found BYC lots of ideas and have really helped....but started following the thread of deep litter and not sure I follow so you DON"T clean the coop weekly? I clean it several times a week because I thought I read you should keep the nesting area clean....Here is a picture of our coop and I keep shavings in the nesting and day area. We are getting new water and food containers because the ones we have the water gets all over the place and makes a huge mess even though I try to keep the shavings out of that area....there is a little lip between the day area and where I keep the water/food dishes. OMG am I even making sense here ha ha ha. I am learning new stuff daily and really appreciate everyones comments and ideas. Sorry don't mean to be so naive.