Hi all. Ive been reading parts of this site for a few months. Since i got my 3 hens around June 2016. Not had chickens or poultry before so very new to it all but find this site very useful. Im in the Midlands, UK. A few questions... My chickens sometimes run back and forth doing lengths of the coop. Is this normal. Its about 8-10ft long i think. The weather is terrible here at the moment. Constant rain which has resulted in the holes they have dug out becoming puddles. It cant be cleared as it fills straight back up. Is this something i should be worried about? The area they have to run around in quickly turned from lovely grass to mud. Which initially was hard in the summer. Now wet mud with the rain. It means they dont have much to scratch in. I tried putting hay, or bedding down but again, with the rain this turns in a mess. Does it matter if they dont have decent soil / grass to scratch and peck in. Im getting eggs. So i assume this is good news that they are happy and healthy.