Hi! I recently was blessed with the opportunity to rent an green features home in a rural community that is home to an organic farm, and a fox rehabilitation program, among other things. There are penned chickens that I am now the proud care taker of, however there are some problems. I don't have easy access to the landlord, and I don't know anything about taking care of chickens. Currently they are penned, with what appears to be four roosters and one hen on one 'half' of the fenced area, and at least 8 hens on the other side. They are kept separated. Anyone tell me why that would be? They are on self waterers, which I am cleaning up and changing every two days, using white vinegar to clean things up. Is this ok for them? I don't want to make them sick, but they get sawdust and scratch up in the base of the waterers, and I am pretty sure they need fresh water regularly like the rest of the planet. Their coop floor is covered with cedar shavings, and I want to know how often I should be cleaning out the coop? Also, the fenced area ( the property is loaded with foxes, and is even called " Fox Haven Farm" so there is no chance to free range them; especially with my work schedule) has no grass or anything growing in it. They have lived there long enough that everything is scratched up. I happen to work for a consumer cooperative grocer, and the produce dept. happily provides me with fresh organic lettuce and other green scraps daily. Is that ok to give them? That's all for now. Thanks to anyone who can help get me started. I've bought some books, but I am working and in school full time, so reading the chicken book isn't really going to happen right now. They are awfully cute and fun and I am super grateful for the chance to learn from them and from any of you! thank you!!!