Hello Everyone: My family and I have decided to venture into the world of raising chickens and are planning on making our first order very very soon. We are planning on getting 4 hens (one for each of us ) 1 each of Light Brahma, Buff Orpington, Plymouth Barred Rock, and a Silver-Laced Wyandotte. My questions are as follows: #1. I am "currently" using a plastic Rubbermaid tub that is approximately 18-20" H, and 16"W x 36"L. I plan on using paper towels for the first few days then switching to pine chips after that. At the risk of sounding naive, how exactly do you "clean" the shavings? I assume this means throwing them out and replacing them with fresh? And if so, how often do I need to replace the shavings? #2. Secondly, how long before my birds "outgrow" the above confinements? I live in NW Ohio, and I have read conflicting opinions on how early is too early to place them permanently in a coop. So any opinions would be greatly appreciated. #3. Any other tips in general Thanks everyone, this site is truly a great resource and my family and I are looking forward to being first-time chicken owners very soon!