Thought I would share since this is working so well. We moved all our ducks and chickens outside to the coop this week. To keep the mess down in our chicken house, I bought a little dog pool from petsmart (they are just like the plastic kiddie wading pools except smaller) and cut out a small doorway for the birds to be able to walk in and out. When I cut out the doorway, I left 3-4 inches of plastic sticking up, to keep any water from running out. Then I put the water and food bowls in the pool, so the birds have an eating area they can get as messy as they want. All I have to do is pull it out everyday and hose it out. The bedding in the chicken coop has stayed completely dry! It's working wonders!