Coop: top level, with roosting bars, nesting boxes, feeders, and straw.
Lower lever: dirt/sand, waterer, grit, oyster shells and a swing.
Chickens have open access to a pasture with a mobile electric fence.
In winter, they mainly stay in the building, maybe venturing a 7 foot radius out in snow.
Two problems, as snow melts, we have nasty mud with a a whole winter's worth of poop that had frozen solid.
2) the sand/dirt bottom has collected a lot of fallen straw/poop/dripped and frozen water
When it thaws I have the joy of digging all of that up. It's a matted smelly mess. Sand can't go in the compost pile. It's also the grossest thing I have ever done.
How do y'all handle winter coop management? My deep litter works fine I. The roosting area.