We have a 8' x 16' covered run and 6 chickens. When we built, right away we added grass clippings and straw knowing the grass would turn to mud quickly. *this was spring 2015* As time passed we continued to add grass clippings, straw, landscaping debris, hay and in the fall, leaves and pine needles. The run stays pretty dry but just damp enough from rain or snow blowing in to allow everything to decompose. There's about 4-6" of Deep Litter in the run. The poo drops to the ground below. There is no mess, no odor, no flies. We did no cleaning through out the year.
Jump ahead to *spring 2016*... Time to clean out. We got 3 1/2 wagon loads of beautiful compost to till into our vegetable garden.
We threw in some hay, straw and garden debris from weeding to start the process again, just waiting to start cutting grass to add that. Come fall, the leaves and pine needles will be added. It's so easy to maintain, the chickens love pecking for bugs, seeds & worms. And, we get beautiful compost for the garden.
Edited to clarify... This is our run, in the coop we have pine shavings and a poopboard under the roost filled with PDZ. The poopboard gets sifted every day or 2 and thrown on the compost pile. The pine shavings are changed out twice a year.Edited by ChickenMammX4 - 4/3/16 at 5:58am