rWell, my chickens finally scratched all the grass in the chicken run down to the dirt. So I have reconsidered what my goals are at this point. I have been dumping my grass clippings on the dirt ground in the chicken run and built up about a 2 inch layer. The chickens loved scratching through the clippings and were always finding something to eat. I also liked the look of the fresh, green carpet, not to mention that it smelled great. Then we got a couple days of rain, the grass got wet, turned brown, and started to mat down. The chickens still kept it scratched up, so it was not really a problem. However, I decided I might as well add a layer of woodchips in the run. The chickens quickly mixed the wood chips in with the grass clippings and now I have a nice, spongy, dark brown carpet in the chicken run. The woodchips broke up the grass clippings from matting and when I walk on the litter it is like walking on a damp sponge. There is no smell, and the color of the mixture is about the same color as the tree bark in the yard. So that is working well. I also am planning on dumping shredded paper onto the chicken run ground litter, but will cover it with another layer of grass clippings or woodchips. I don't want the chicken run to look like a landfill with the shredded paper, but I am trying to reduce the amount of material I do send to the dump. Also, I don't want paper shreds flying all over the yard. Leaves are starting to fall and soon (after this rain spell is over) I will be collecting leaves to throw into the chicken run. I have 3 options to collect and process the leaves and am wondering which system would be best for the chickens (if they even care). Option 1) I have a towable lawn leaf sweeper which sweeps up the leaves whole. Option 2) I can use my riding lawn mower with grass collection bags to vacuum up the leaves and it will shred them down a little bit, maybe in half or 1/3 original size. Option 3) I have a wood chipper/shredder that will shred leaves in about a 16:1 ratio, so the leaves come out in small, tiny bits. Considering I plan on dumping the leaves directly on the chicken run ground, which option would the chickens like best? I am thinking they would like the whole leaves and probably would scratch through them and break them down on their own. The easiest for me is to use the lawn mower with grass bags. The most time consuming option is processing all the leaves through the shredder, but I know that the leave bits would break down faster and turn into compost for use sooner. If anyone has thoughts on these options, I would like to hear them. Thanks in advance.