Hi! We got our chicks (and two ducklings!) about 2.5 weeks ago, and so far everything is going really well! We had them in a kiddie pool in the heated garage (still had a heat lamp to make sure it was comfortable for them), but we just finished building our coop and moved them in on Friday! They seem to be VERY happy with it! It's a pretty big coop for the flock we have now, but we read to make the coop bigger than needed because you'll end up getting more. Our enclosed coop (not including the run) is 8ftx5ft. We've been spot cleaning the bedding, but we aren't sure the best way to maintain cleaning bedding in the long term. I've read a lot about the deep litter method, and it sounds like a great idea. Dan, on the other hand, isn't as sure about it. He's worried that it could lead to the birds getting diseases and could effect their eyes (he has a whole list of health related concerns). I haven't seen anything about that in the research I've done, but I was hoping someone could help us solve this debate! We also have been buying pine shavings from our local store, and he's concerned that changing the entire bedding every week or two weeks will get pricey (I agree, thus the deep litter method). Any thoughts or suggestions would be very helpful! Thank you!