Hi, My parents and I moved our three chicks outside last week into a small coop (with a heat lamp, since the smallest one isn't fully feathered yet). It is designed for three or four hens and has a nesting box and a pull out tray. We have straw in the nesting box (at least it was until the chicks started moving it) and coconut pine shavings in the tray. I originally thought I would clean it out twice a week, but it became evident to me today that is not working very well (the coop is beginning to smell like manure). I would like to ask those who have successfully used a similar coop - How often do you empty your tray out? Whether you keep your food inside or outside the henhouse, how do you avoid spoilage and attracting pests like snails - put a cover on it overnight, vs dump the leftovers in the garbage vs put in with the fresh food. Do you put straw underneath your coop? If so, how often do you change it? If not, is shavings a better alternative?