I am very new to this hobby. My pullets will be here in a week and I am spending time planning, learning and getting ready for their arrival. My question is how would putting my coop on my deck work out? I plan for my chickens to live mostly in the coop and be let out to roam around my back yard an hour or so in the morning or before dusk. Have others done this? I am thinking they could be safer and possible warmer located closer to my house. However, I am still not sure which method I will use for bedding(sand or wood shavings)..Will I scoop the poop frequently or layer. Which would work best with the coop on my deck instead of in my yard. Any experience or advice would be appreciated. Thanks!