Okay, I have 3 girls. (Do they count as hens if two arent laying yet? They are almost 6 months old) I made a REALLY simple little coop for them. It is small- 4 feet by 3 feet and about 3 feet tall. There is no bottom on the coop. Inside there is sand. I thought it would stay dry and be good because I could use a kitty scoop to pull out all the poo. What really happens is they mix it all up and spill food. Then, somehow it gets wet (Either rain or when I spray down the run area) and the food gets really nasty and flies are born. This isnt working well. I am sick of wasting this much food, sick of the mess, sick of the smell. What can I use instead? Also, the run is on gravel, surrounded by our block walls and house. The bird netting I had put up to keep them in didnt work, so I just bought some chicken wire and pvc pipe. I was going to bend the pvc to make a half of a tube type of enclosure covered with chicken wire. Sound okay? Also thinking of moving the whole thing under the grapefruit tree instead. If you say straw tell me where I can get it. Petsmart is so expensive. I live in Phoenix (southeast) and there are no feed shops nearby. I get my chicken food at ACE hardware. Oh, and is there a cheaper option for chicken wire than homedepot?