We have two adorable backyard hens, a sweet, gentle isa brown and a bold brute of a black australorp. (When I've made a few more posts I can put some pictures up.) We have allowed them to free range in our lovely little inner city backyard for six weeks now. We have a range of native and hardy cottage plants and lots of mulch for them to scratch in. The problem is that for a good proportion of the day, they hang around our back door, either anticipating leftovers or desperately wanting to come into the house, and they poop ALL over our back patio. They even poop on our door mat! It's becoming a big problem. My question is, if I confine them to a chook run now after they've tasted relative freedom for the last month or so, how will they react? Alternatively, is there any other solution to the poop problem other than live with it?? Thanks!