Hi There! My name is Sarah and I joined this group specifically for some desperately needed advice on chicken coops and care. I work at a historical park. In this park is a historic chicken coop (from the 1800's) that they have modified somewhat. The fellow who runs the city's parks dept though it would be "cool" to have live chickens in the coop. This person does not have any experience with raising chickens. We have a caretaker who has experience with chickens. This person tells me I am "too nice" when voicing my concerns. When I first started working at the park I noticed that some of the chickens weren't healthy. One had an injured foot and they had all pecked each other badly. Due to my complaints and efforts those chickens received a new home. However - to my dismay - 6 new chicks were purchased. I am the first to admit that I am the type pf animal lover who likes to make my pets as comfortable as possible...so I am not sure if these chickens are being cared for improperly - or if my concerns are without cause. I would love to hear any and all comments/opinions! Do these chickens need help? Or do I? HAHA! Here are my concerns (I will attach photos of the coop): 1. They NEVER are let out of the coop. This means they get no direct sunshine and no exposure to grass. I've checked. The outdoor portion of the coop is always in shade. 2. There are 6 chickens but only 4 little nesting boxes for them to sit in. Some resort to trying to nest in the rafters. 3. Since the indoor portion is part of the "historic" coop there are exposed rusty nails that the chickens could hurt themselves on. 4. The indoor portion has a full sized screen door facing their nesting boxes. This means they are not protected from the elements or bright park lights at night. When it rains or is cold there is nothing to keep them dry and warm. I was told that I was going overboard by wanting to make at least a vinyl curtain to cover half of the screen door at night and in inclement weather which would leave the nesting boxes protected. Thoughts? 5. The supplies for the chickens are stored in the enclosed portion along with the chickens - in the portion that is most protected from the elements. 6. Should they be visited by a vet? Are there regular vaccinations or care they should be getting? I really appreciate your help and advice on this matter. These are the sweetest little hens and I want to make things right for them. Thank you!