I swear I get on this site and hours pass like seconds. I "thought" I was going to do deep litter in my run, but then I saw a thread on sand, this turned into about 3 hours of reading posts on deep litter vs. sand. Now I don't know what I should do. Run hasn't been constructed yet, but will be soon. I think I'm sold on sand just because of all the pros I read and cleanliness and I don't mind 10 minutes a day with a kitty litter scoop picking up poo and dumping into compost bin. I do think I'll miss the compost from the deep litter though for my garden, one downside. In any event, I'm in Chicago, so summers can be terribly hot in which case I think the sand is good, but on the other hand winters with the exception of this year are frigid in which case the sand will be too cold. I don't want their feet to freeze. So, to get to my questions. Can I do sand for spring, summer, fall and add something on top for winter? How do you clean it then? What do I add to the top of the sand? Does that screw up the whole sand system then? Would I then need to clean everything out in spring and start over with new sand? Wouldn't everything turn into a deep litter by adding stuff on top of sand in winter? Sorry for all the questions, just trying to wrap my head around this and see if anyone has used this combo system or if it will even work. I was thinking I could add leaves, save a whole bunch of bags from the fall to use in the winter, but that would turn into deep litter wouldn't it?