I'm new to raising chickens. My husband and I started in April building our coop. We have a flock of 5 Buff Orpington laying hens, 1 Frizzled Cuckoo Poland "Momma" hen and her chick, a White Crested Black Poland pullet, an Ameracauna pullet, a New Hampshire Red pullet, and a young Cochin rooster (he just started crowing yesterday). We have friends who have flocks that we've been getting information from, so we've had pretty good luck so far. We have an 8 yr old son who loves "The Girls". Right now we have 20 fertilized eggs we got from one of our friends and we have them in an incubator. Cross your fingers. One question we have at the moment is: How do you keep the smell down in the run? We were spreading sawchips/dust but now it's built up and when it's wet and hot out the stench is horrid as the sawchips hold the moisture and smell. Any suggestions? Thank you.