I have shavings in the coop presently, and am planning on the deep litter method. I did some landscaping last week which included purchasing some "walk-on bark" small wood chips and spreading that around a flower garden. Then I got to thinking- these shavings and the bark are verrrrry similar.... would there be a problem with putting walk-on bark or playground bark (slightly smaller bark pieces) in the coop as bedding? I can literally buy a truckload of the bark for the same price as one package of shavings. This would allow me to be liberal with applying the bedding; also with removing it if the need arises, I would be so much more inclined to clean out some or all at the slightest stinkiness. Thoughts? Ideas? Anyone else go this route?