Is my run cluttered enough?

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My run still needs some work in the construction department, but I do have a question about if it's cluttered enough/not boring for my hens. I have four hens. Here is the run (chickens are standard size, so I suppose they can be used for scale lol):
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View from the door. The litter is a mix of topsoil/leaves/straw/shavings/really whatever ends up there. They usually mix everything around, but I had just moved some dirty shavings out of the coop and into the run, so that is why the shavings are all on top. The stool that is there is one I made in woodshop in school for a project a WHILE ago, and it just sat collecting dust until I figured the chickens might like it. Perch is made from scrap wood left over from run building. They use both of them all the time.
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View of under the coop. They regularly go under there as well, but as of right now there is nothing under there.
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Food and water setup. The water is on a heated base for winter, and the feeder (milk jug with hole and rock in it) is on a tray that is set up on some bricks. The tray catches the spilled food and has really helped with wasting less food. These are near the door, and I don't have any issues with them crowding or struggling to get to the food. Food can be moved elsewhere but waterer can't because of the cord for the heated base.
What are your comments/thoughts/suggestions?
 

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My run still needs some work in the construction department, but I do have a question about if it's cluttered enough/not boring for my hens. I have four hens. Here is the run (chickens are standard size, so I suppose they can be used for scale lol):
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View from the door. The litter is a mix of topsoil/leaves/straw/shavings/really whatever ends up there. They usually mix everything around, but I had just moved some dirty shavings out of the coop and into the run, so that is why the shavings are all on top. The stool that is there is one I made in woodshop in school for a project a WHILE ago, and it just sat collecting dust until I figured the chickens might like it. Perch is made from scrap wood left over from run building. They use both of them all the time.
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View of under the coop. They regularly go under there as well, but as of right now there is nothing under there.
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Food and water setup. The water is on a heated base for winter, and the feeder (milk jug with hole and rock in it) is on a tray that is set up on some bricks. The tray catches the spilled food and has really helped with wasting less food. These are near the door, and I don't have any issues with them crowding or struggling to get to the food. Food can be moved elsewhere but waterer can't because of the cord for the heated base.
What are your comments/thoughts/suggestions?
No, Not enough chickens. LOL You need like 10 more :lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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The main questions for this (got a bit sidetracked on the OP and in following posts) were:
a) what do you think of the stuff in there?
b) should I add/remove stuff, if so, what stuff?
 

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