Like myself my wife was originally excited about the idea of raising our own chickens. However, over time she has grown to resent them. We are free ranging eight Rhode Island Reds in our back yard of about ½ an acre. As a friend of mine said “you’re going to raise chickens in your back yard? You know they poop every time they take a step don’t you?” Well, no I didn’t. In their defense they don’t poop every step but they do poop a lot. In fact the back porch seemed to be their favorite spot to do their business. Being the city girl that my wife is she wasn’t happy and I was getting tired of cleaning the poop off every day. I was worried she was going to make me sleep in the coop she was so frustrated by it. She even wanted me to confine them to a small pin. I really wanted to keep them free range so I began trying to find alternatives. After some research I found a motion activated sprinkler. I set one up on the corner of my porch and it works great. I haven’t had one drop of doo on the porch since installing it over a month ago. The wife is much happier but now she doesn’t want them leaving any meadow muffins in the rest of the back yard. I guess you can’t win them all. If you do a google search for “motion activated sprinkler” you will see a lot of options. I bought what I think is a “scarecrow” for about $36 on ebay. It is made in china but it came with a rechargeable battery and built in solar panel. It shoots water about 30 feet away. The sensor doesn’t work very well if you come straight at it but any movement perpendicular of the sensor works well out to 30 feet.