I am a veteran of a dozen internet forums and I hate when "newbs" post things that I know are easily searchable for. However, this is a case where I find the shoe on the other foot as I am the "newb" to BYC (and chickens). I am looking at search results and at the Learning Center and trying to find what I assume is out there about beddings; a simple comparison of common materials. There is definitely a lot of debate about sand, but not anything consistent I can find about things such as shredded paper, shredded leaves, etc. I have looked extensively at the DLM articles and knowledge and they almost all point to pine shavings. However, I am really curious how shredded leaves fair in DLM, in the run, in the yard (as they attract earthworms that chickens could then scratch and get at). Thanks for anyone that can link me to some solid comparison threads or articles here at BYC or a source such as a local extension office (my local extension is Clemson SC, but chicken info is lacking).