I inherited a coop when I brought my house...it's a good size enough for the chickens I have. The previous owner used it to raise quails. The coop is about 2 feet off the ground and covered with chicken wire and hardware cloth on all sides and the bottom with a roof on top. My question is do I need to put something firm on the bottom or can I just leave it made out of hardware cloth? I was hoping to do the the deep litter method by letting the poop just drop though the hardware cloth onto the ground below which is currently a layer of landscaping material covered with dry leaves. Should I remove the landscaping material so the can scratch the dirt under the leaves? I have no plans to lower the coop but could add a tray under the floor of hardware cloth to catch poop. Ideally the chickens will only sleep and lay in the coop as there is a good size run attached. Any advice would be great.