So I'm really new to all this. I got 8 Leghornes in the spring. My husband turned one section of the shed into a coop with roosting bars, bins to lay, etc. The door opens to a covered, screened but enclosed run that has a plywood floor covered with roll on roofing to keep it protected against the weather. We started with the pine shavings and someone gave him hay. So both areas are now covered in hay. He then built a low fenced pen area for them to free range. Mind you they can now fly over but they can't seem to figure out they can fly back in, so we have to help them. Needless to say, they are both in and out of the coop area all day and in and out of the penned yard area forging around all day. As I'm reading all these posts below, I'm thinking I had no idea what I got into and should just give them away for their own good. Lice, worms, mites, diseases, predators, oh my! How in the world does anyone keep them safe and healthy? All these things sound so common. Should I expect them? Are they inevitable? . I seriously have become the mother hen. Even though they're leghornes and not the friendliest of birds, they run to me when I come out to the yard...(and then most run away just as quick. How common are these problems? Should I give them away now before things get bad. By the way, my husband cleans the coop and covered run out every couple of weeks. It seems we're doing that wrong as well.