We've gone in with some friends to raise chickens. They have an existing coop on their property that was used by previous owners, so we are splitting costs and we did all the front-end research and work, and they're doing the day to day maintenance. My friend just emailed me with a bunch of questions (research is my job I have no idea where to start so I thought I would just jump in here...thanks in advance for your help! -What should the floor of the coop be like? If we are *not* doing the deep litter methodhow much pine shavings should we put down, and how often does it need to be cleaned out? - How big do they need to be before they can be left out all day? Or, a better question may be, how long do they need to be kept inside a coop before they "remember" where to go if danger comes? - Do they need a water bucket inside and outside? - We have six nesting boxes for 10 hens. This is based on something DH (the construction guy) read about how many was appropriate. But they seem to be nesting on the floor still. Is that just what they do? Should I be introducing each of them to the nest? Do you think they don't like the hay in the nesting boxes? Is six really enoughdo they just go in to actually lay the egg, or do they like to hang out in their own little nests? - Is there some kind of max temp they can be in? I was concerned about ventilationthe coop has no windows, just lots of gaps/holes covered with hardware clothbut DH thought that was totally adequate and pointed out that this building was used as a chicken coop before. I see his point...but just saw another thread about how important it is to have windows. We're in middle Tennessee, where it's super hot and humid in the summers. Can they just be outside (in a very shady area) in the heat of the day? I guess we need to get a thermometer for inside the coop, but what's the danger zone?