Hi there So happy that i found this site. Based in Australia and new to having chickens around the house i can tell you its daunting!! We have 4 chickens (2 x Bantams 2 x black & white spotted ones - name unknown, they just looked good) They are backyard chooks and have their own reasonably sized fenced off area and a wooden coop however my DH has allowed them roam free around the garden (which is not the problem) over time they have sort of been encourage with nibbles on the grass near the patio BUT it has come at a cost - namely my back patio that they tend to hang out on and mess everywhere!!! How do I stop them from coming onto the patio?? I think they are using the patio for two reasons: 1 - get out of the elements 2 - to view themselves in the window reflection Also is is required for them to have an undercover area for when it rains etc or will they use their coop during the day in different weather conditions? I am considering fencing off the patio to try and train them not to go there but my DH still think we have to have an undercover area?? Thanks all and look forward to your experienced replies.