This is a newbie topic that might even have some interest to the experienced members here as well. I am not getting my hens until spring, right now I am reading this site and getting lots of ideas on "what to do" and "what NOT to do". I have a dirt floor horse stall in an enclosed building I am using for the coop and will be building a run outside. I am lazy and want to spend as little time as possible cleaning poop, looking for eggs, watering, feeding, etc. I can take the best ideas and build that in from the start rather than learning the hard way. Some ideas I have already picked up and am planning on using include: 1. Using DLM (deep litter method) 2. Have a slanted roof over the nesting areas to keep that area clean 3. Have an way to get the eggs out without entering the coop 4. Automatic door Other areas I am hoping to hear ideas on: 1. Something about removable poop shelves (not sure I understand that one). 2. Watering made simple (I saw a rain barrel post with attached piping that look real interesting) 3. Best ways to feed that are not labor intensive 4. Best materials to put in nesting areas that do not have to be replaced as often 5. Also, ideas for the run as well as the coop If you were starting from scratch what would you do to save yourself some time? OR What would you change about your current set up.