I'm using pine shavings for bedding and have thus far managed to keep most of the shavings poop-free with the use of a poop board. While I had originally intended to compost both manure and shavings separately, I'm wondering now if I can simply use the shavings for my "brown" layer, alternating with a layer of pure manure. Will the wood shaving break down enough to use on the garden by April? As anyone who has used them knows, they are considerably pulverised by the time they are cleared from the coop. Additionally, is there any reason that some (or all) of the manure cannot go directly on my garden now that I'm no longer growing plants on it? Would a winter's worth of breaking down directly atop the soil be any more or less beneficial than regular composting? Many thanks.