It is really humid and nasty here. My chicken coop has hardware cloth on the floor so that the poop just drops to the ground. But, so does the food since they are messy eaters - I went out this morning to say good morning and bring them some breakfast and I could smell the sickly sweet smell of farm before I even turned the corner. I only have four chickens and they are still babies (well teens) --- there is no way they should smell this bad already. So, I was kind of freaking out on my way because I know I will have to get rid of them if my neighbors (and husband) complain about the smell. Sooo, this is what I found....yuck. Mold is growing everywhere that they spilled food. Chicken food - not compost kind of leftovers - but their actual crumbles. So - how do I get them to stop spilling food and what do I do about the mold now. I went to two stores today and bought lime and DE - but I don't really know what to do with those things. HELP!!! You can kind of see it there in the second pic. I have ordered hardware cloth so that I can enclose that run I just built - you can see in the pic. I am also considering enclosing the under part of the coop so that they can run around under there too. Any suggestions? I just made that green PVC food thing yesterday to keep them from spilling food all over - thought it would work better than the store bought one.....but I think they are being even MORE messy now. AHHHH. How do i get them to spill less food?