My (9) pullets are just over 16 weeks. I'm in the Phoenix valley. I originally had some centipede sod in their run. It took all of 3 weeks for them to destroy that lol. Now their poop goes straight onto the beaten down patch of former grass. I'm developing quite a fly problem in my back yard. Their coop is fly free but those buggers swarm in the run. What can I do about it? I'm thinking of laying down some bedding but wanted to come here first to see if anyone had a better option. Also, I've raised these girls since two days old. It seems like they will never lay I heard as young as 16 weeks and average of 20 weeks when they begin to lay. Has anyone else felt like they'd never eat eggs fresh from their back yards?