Hello, I just took over a house that came with 3 abandoned chickens and a turkey. I spent 12 hours cleaning the 7000sq ft yard this weekend and now I am ready to tackle the job of fixing up the coop. The coop is covered in molding gross hay and the birds wont go near it. There are wooden shelves plastered with poop. Since the yard is fenced they birdies are safe here. They seem to sleep behind the coop. I live in Arizona so its been warm, the coldest it gets is low 30s. No predators would be able to get in, plus an outdoor cat watches over them. I have never had fowl and have no clue yet how to care for them. They lived by grazing and eating table scraps and bugs. They were sitting on about 20 eggs each. I threw the eggs in the compost pile. Since I disturbed there laying areas (kitchen counter and laundry room) they quit laying. I got them laying crumbles. I am going to read all about how to care for them. My biggest concern is how to salvage the coop. Previous owner told me no need to clean the coop or feed them. They were alone for about 2 months. My questions are: 1. Should I just rake up and discard all the hay? 2. Why did they quit laying right when I moved in. Thanks! Now I will read the FAQs.