My husband decided he would indulge my son's desire to have chickens. I knew I would be the one taking care of them. He built the coop and run, based on a youtube video with accompanying measurements. We did not collaborate on the design, nor did either of us think about what we wanted out of the design - I relinquished this responsibility to him as it was his idea. So, basically, this was not at all well thought out. But, my husband insisted: "taking care of chickens is easy..." Famous last words! I thought I had what I needed to get started: coop and run, feed, feeder and waterer, hay/shavings, crushed oyster shells - which I discovered only after talking to a lady sitting on an over-turned bucket in a feed store, and a list of acceptable treats. We have had TWO chickens all of three days and I have found myself literally crouching into the run to clean out poop - to no avail - that has attracted an insane amount of flies. Upon some inquiry and research, I learned I should spread some shavings and then the chickens will scratch for whatever may be underneath - mistakenly, I thought they would just naturally scratch at the ground - trip to the store to buy scratch. I read vanilla-scented car deodorizers would repel the flies - another trip to the store, and they DON'T work! Wait, DE will dry them up - another trip to another store. Try sand - which sand, no one agrees upon. I am not using the DE, by the way, because as I read more, the claims made about this product cannot be scientifically proven. The access door to the run is too small and too low to the ground, the access door to the coop is too low to the ground. The nesting box opens from the top instead of the backside, thus creating a leak when it rains - thankfully it has only lightly rained one time so far. The whole thing is too low to the ground and supposedly is big enough to house 6 chickens comfortably when my two are just trying to find a poo-free spot!! Everyone talks about a compost pile - there's no room for that even. I so desperately hope that once I throw out the scratch, the poo gets worked into the ground, but I hate that I am basically throwing it onto, well, poo! I am absolutely obsessed with these chickens, George and Grace (both girls), and want to "do right" by them, but I am utterly frustrated and ready to give up! This is NOT easy! I have had to fashion kitchen items, beach buckets and cleaning tools into chicken maintenance paraphernalia. My husband and I have invested a lot of time and lots of sweat. I have designated one pair of shoes as my chicken poo shoes (insert chuckle here). I have made several trips to different stores and spent a considerable amount of money! FOR TWO CHICKENS! (I am also trying to raise two boys, work a couple 12- hour days a week, take care of a dog, house and husband) This is our fault, I know, for not being properly prepared. Consider this a venting if nothing else, but if someone - anyone- can relate, or better yet help, your advice is muchly needed!