Hello, Recently purchased 16 guinea hens as keets. They are now a month old and have their second feathers. They are amazing how fast they grow. I used a box for a brooder for a week, then they were jumping so high that I put them in the coop I had built. I have a coop that is about 6x7x6. There is an underside that is fenced in with some small grass. The coop has a small run next to it about 6x12 with a roof over it. All of this has welded wire fence with chicken wire metal at the bottom. I opted for clips on the gate to keep the openings as small as possible. I have lots of questions.... instead of only pine sawdust, I put grass clippings in my coop. The birds seemed to devour the clippings. I am sure there were insects in the clippings, so I figured this would be a great starter for their life on the lawn. Today is the first day with the coop door open to the run. Three birds are outside singing away for the rest of them to hear. I plan on leaving the coop door open for good now. Lows at night are supposed to be in the 60's. Ill leave the heat lamp on for nights but soon they will be making heat on their own. Has anyone else had their keets pick up sawdust and put it in their water? Mine do it each day and I am wondering if I should keep my water out of the coop from now on. As for my old sawdust and mess from the coop, should I just throw it away? There is feed mixed with the organics and I do not want mice around eating it. I have seen my keets eating mosquitos at night already. Pretty neat. I am twelve ticks into the season on myself, so the insect population hopefully will decrease. My birds are now making grown up poop, so at five weeks this should tell you their size. I have one nesting box on the side and plan on two more. One will be at the top of the coop (10' in the air) and two others will be at 4' on the side. All of the boxes are 1'x2'. Should be able for two to nest as I have read. I have cleaned out the coop once in the five weeks. What is the average time to clean out your coop? How old will these birds be when they begin to lay eggs? Thanks for any input.