I'm new to chickens this year and I'm learning alot from this site. I have 1 Welsummer, 1 Cuckoo Marans, 1 Speckled Sussex, 7 Americuana's, 2 White Marans and 2 Polish. Three are 7 months and it's nice being rewarded with eggs. I use sand in my coop and I like it alot. I go about every three days and I uses a snake scoop taped to a broom handle and my coop stays clean and not smelly.