On May 1 we got three day-old chicks. This is our first experience ever with any kind of birds for any of us. We live in an LA suburb. The chicks are doing great, and my wife, little kids and dog love them. They roam the backyard during the day and are in a coop at night. I have fenced off a few parts of the backyard to protect vegetables, etc. Everything is great except there is poop everywhere. I'm not worried about the kids getting sick, too much natural fertilizer on the grass or the dog eating the poop. It's just a lot of poop all over the place. The current proposed solution is to fence the pullets in to a portion of the backyard. However, that immediately diminishes their availability as pets, which is why we got them. Having a fence means the chickens will be less happy with the reduced space, the dog will not be able to play with them, and it will be more difficult for the children to interact with them. Having the chicks follow us around the backyard is great. Limiting contact hugely reduces their status as "pets," and promotes their status as an expensive egg-laying hassle. My chickens need some poop control. They need to poop less, poop less in the backyard and more in their coop, poop only in certain areas of the backyard, wear a chicken poop diaper, put a stopper up their bottoms, have larger but less frequent poops or something! Any ideas on potty training chickens, somehow limiting their pooping or containing them in a way that allows easy interaction with the kids and the dog? Many thanks.