Aloha, I am a first time owner of 3 beautiful hens, that I've lovingly named Heni, Clara, and Scarlett. They're Buff Orpington's, and the sweetest little things. I'm sure I will post the craziest questions and the most random things, but I hope you'll bear with me. So here goes............ The worst thing that we get here in paradise is rain (which really isn't that bad). I've opted for a covered dog kennel, the type that you purchase from Home Depot with the tarp type roof as their hen house. I've opted to put it directly on the dirt as opposed to making a floor and I put about 4 inches of wood shavings over it. However, when it rains, the ground in the their house gets wet, and can stay damp for days depending on when the rain lets up. It's a nesting ground for mosquitos and worry about this not being good for my girls. I've read that it's ok for them have a dirt floor, but wonder is this is preference, or if it really is ok? The girls are about 6 months old now and have been laying eggs since January 4th. They seem very happy and love to cuddle. Keep in mind, I'm a first time mama hen and may be sounding over sensitive in this post . Any thoughts or information that can be shared would be great. Mahalo Nui Ka kou!