Ok my birds are 4 months old. This is my first batch and also the first time that it has been cool in June and even raining in my 40 years. I put a half bale of hay in the run to keep them out of the mud. It worked wonderfully and they are very entertained. Well it will heat up soon and the soil will become as hard as concrete. Is there any reason why I cant/shouldnt turn that hay under right in the run while the dirt is still soft enough to work? It seems to me a good thing to do for chickens (nice soft dirt to dig) and good for the soil condition and bug population they so love. I mean, I do this in the garden at the end of each season so why not? I could go dump it on the compost pile but....Any input?