Hey All We recently got our first ever chickens, all 4 ex-battery. We purchased a second hand bird aviary and have converted that to a hen house, laying area down the bottom and a ladder to the roosts up the top. The area where we've put it down used to have tiles, I lifted them up and we took the layer of packing sand off to reveal the soil. Currently we're looking at extending the run to have more of the lawn, as well as tightening up the construction of the aviary as it's a bit loose atm. As it's been rainy over the last week, the soil where the hens are has turned to mud The hens are also new to roosting. 2 have got the hang of it, another roosts at the top of the ladder and we move her manually to the roost, and the other either gets trapped out by the ladder rooster or is inside but not on the roost, either way we move her up too. I figure this is just because they're new to it and they'll catch on soon, not too worried about that. Egg wise, we get 2 eggs a day and have had them for about 4 weeks. This is up from no eggs when we initially got them, so we're pretty happy about it. Some questions we have: 1. How do you deal with chicken poo? Are they supposed to poo anywhere specific? Currently they poo in the run and in the roosts, ever in the laying nests. Should we be collecting/disposing of it from the run? 2. Currently we just put their feed down in the run, we don't have a feeding bowl or anything like that, should we? That's all for now, we've bound to have more soon. Thanks a lot (and sorry if this isn't quite the right forum, it was my best guess!).