i am soooo excited - the coop is finally functional and the girls are in it: i thought we'd never finish it (thanks to dh and ds and friends) - well still have to paint the outside and finish the outside run. the neighbors came to see it - everyone is actually as excited as i am - they are fascinated with the chickens - its a novelty here (nyc). now i have to be extra extra careful to keep smells down - any suggestions/old tricks/words of wisdom are totally appreciated - its an 8x8 space - linoleum floor - 2-3 inches of pine shavings on the floor - ridge cap vent in the roof with a half inch gap - vents on top of front doors - two really neat salvaged double pane windows (got those on craigslist for 20$) more ventilation, and we put a sliding screen in for when we leave the front door open. i grow organic veggies, herbs and fruit and figured i would grow a ton of lavender and basil around the run and coop to help keep the area fresh - in additon to cleaning it out frequently - also i was thinking instead of composting the manure above ground i may try to dig a pit and bury it to further prevent any odor. someone was talking about the protien source in the feed that is pork derived causing real smelly poop? what is the alternative?