Hi folks: So I am the proud owner of 3 chickens and they have a lovely coop and a new run. But I have a stupid question - in spite of reading here and several books. I'm probably overthinking it, but... I am trying to figure out - what do you do with the wood shavings? Where do you put them? The coop is two levels: the bottom is open so it's just the ground, surrounded by wood on some sides and netting on ohter sides, with doors I can open for them to get in and out. The top floor has a roost, and an enclosed area for a nesting box, and that's where they generally go to sleep. I have a couple inches of wood shavings in the enclosed top-floor area now and a nesting box with another couple incnes of wood shavings. Is that the areas that they're talking about with the "deep litter" method? Or is that for the bottom floor or something? Should I put shavings on the bottom floor as well? Here's a pic of their coop, Il Pollaio. I've got some leftover sod going in to the run to try to minimize some of the mud when the rainy season hits... If it doesn't last (I don't really expect it to... but, how better to turn it into compost), what should I put on the floor of the run? Should I put more wood shavings there?