I've spent the better part of three days sifting through a ton of the information in these forums, but I couldn't find exactly the information I was looking for. Admittedly, I may have just missed it. (As an aside, thank goodness for you people. This site has helped me and my wife out with our chicken adventure so much.) But here's my question: The floor of our coop and run has a tendency to devolve into an awful muddy and poop strewn mess. It's a small coop so, in the past, we've just lifted it up and moved it to a different part of the yard whenever our chickens destroy the area they are in. But this solution is leaving giant dead squares of grass in my back yard. So, I am looking for a more permanent option. My wife and I have discussed installing the coop in a fixed place with a base that can be cleaned instead of moving the entire structure. I think we're going to try sand first, if that matters. We have these elaborate plans in our head about creating a base by digging a foundation and having pavers with the sand on top. Cutting to the chase: Are we over-thinking this? Could we just use a piece of plywood and spread the sand in a thin layer over the entire floor? Cause that sounds like a much easier solution to me.