Yes, straw is fine. The wood chips are discouraged because of how they work. They say they are hard to get out of the sand too, but depending on your scoop, they should come out fine. If you missed my post a month ago, you can zip tie 1/4" hardware cloth to a pitch fork, and it becomes a huge litter scoop.
As far as removing the sand, some people don't remove it annually. It depends on how it looks/smells. If you are getting all (or most) of the poop out, you can possibly not have to change it. I won't say "ever", but the article said it had been a few years.
Anyone want a dog that just peed all over my bed? I stopped long enough to take care of the problem, so "just" is relative. I know it was an accident (he seemed really freaked out when it was happening) but I am tired. Re-making a bed is not what I want to do. Dealing with the sheets and comforter (I threw them in the tub for tonight) is not something I am looking forward to either.
So... I got a chicken magazine, freeze dried worms , a TSC gift card, 4 bags of feed, and 2 dozen new egg cartons for Christmas. Well... pajamas too. So I can be snuggly warm while I am in the coop! Anyone else get more chicken related gifts than personal?
I forget who asked, but dogfood is okay for the chickens. I see more things on "no cat food" than no dogfood on this site.
Thank you for the info.!..the run and coop I'm starting w/ is not too large..I think maybe a small pitch-fork would be okay, would have to try it out, and definately just a cat-poop scoop would work fine for the coop, plus the coop ha a pull-out try for cleaning , so that will make it easier..sorry to hear your doggie had an accident..is he older?..For christmas I got some clothes and Hubby has put-back some $ for the chickens I'll be getting in the spring and their must needed items....