I hope this is the correct forum subject for my question. We read in the "Storey's" book on chicken raising, that we could use pine shavings in our coop. It also said that if we keep the moisture right and turn it every few days or so, that it would compost itself and we would just have to add new shavings occasionally, but only have to remove the whole mess about once a year. We have been following this method since we got our chicks and they have been in the coop, about 2 1/2 months or so. Our floor is vinyl flooring with no drop thru openings. Now the kids do kick out some of the pine thru the coop door into their run, but we only add a about a 5 gallon buckets worth every 3 weeks or so. Are we doing okay, or should we change our method and replace all the shavings more often? As new parents we are going about half the time by the book and the rest on common sense (we hope)! All suggestions are welcome.