My boys have pitched in and we're finally building a coop big enough to house everybody. The problem is that I'm redoing a really old chicken coop that I've used to store non delicate items. I don't know if it's because of the recent flooding but I've never seen so many spiders! We found literally dozens--maybe even a hundred or more brown recluse spiders. Some are dead but most aren't. I cleaned out the shed last spring and it wasn't like this. So the issue is : how can I make the coop safe for my sons to work in and not harm the birds? They don't live in there yet but they do wander underfoot while we work. Oh, I forgot, there ARE currently birds in there. A wren is raising a clutch of 5 in a shelving unit.