Hi, I have 5 hens and they are getting along and starting to lay. That part is good. I had to scramble when I got the hens because someone gave them to me with little notice. I chucked together a coop with a dog house and I built a run around the coop approx. 6X8 and 6 feet high. Here are my issues: 1. They spill the food all over the place. I put the food in the run, not the coop since there isn't a lot of room in there. When I used the rectangular feeders with the holes, the hens just scratched them until they tipped over. So, I switched to putting food in a square cake pan and hold it in place by surrounding it with bricks... well, they stand in it and poo so THATS not a good idea either. 2. Does everyone bring the food in every night? My husband thinks if we leave it out we are feeding rats at night. I think maybe there is a better way... not sure what that is though! It's a pain to go out and get it every night... 3. Water: Where to get a hanging feeder? The only ones I find sit on the ground and my hens scratch straw into it and then can't get to the water. I try to keep the straw away from it, but they still mange to get it full of muck. 4. I like the idea of free range, but they are wrecking my yard. Do you think leaving them in my run is fine... I feel like they like to get out and about.