I'm so glad to see this thread, as I was going to ask a similar question. I too wondered how you could just get the poop and not all the shavings..... So let me see if I got it right~Ok? I use shaving and straw (I finally figured out not to put toooo much in) Now, I can take this mixture of poop, straw and shavings and compost it with other things grass clippings, etc. and the next year I'll have soil! I just have to turn it so often. Shavings are harder to break down. How many times do you clean your coop? I clean mine about 2 times a week. That's with 8 chickens. I really want to use my chicken poop but am confused how... I think you all are in the know and I'm so happy to reading this!