Hi there! Pretty new to this website, but very excited about what I'm learning! We are getting 5 chickens end of March (Autralorp, Orpington, Plymouth Rock, Easter Egger, Wyandotte)...this is our very first foray into the chicken world and we are pumped (and nervous!!). We will most likely be buying the Round Top backyard chicken from the Urban Coop Company (found here: http://urbancoopcompany.com/product/round-top-chicken-coop), We will also be purchasing a run attachment, which will be doubling the size of the run. The chickens will also be free ranging during the day. The coop itself is wire flooring, so the poop can be dropped directly into the run below. My question for this forum is about cleaning the run. The run has welded wire walls AND ceiling. Will the deep litter method work if the run is open to the rain? Or will I need to find a way to cover the ceiling? Would I also need to cover the walls as well? Or is it ok for a little moisture from side-blown rain to get in? Also, we are putting the coop in our backyard. Could we place it directly on the grass? Or is it better to elevate the coop/run a bit so that it's a bit higher than ground level? Thanks so much in advance for any insight you can give us! We are very grateful to hear from the 'experts'!!!