Hello My chicks are getting bigger and bigger that I'm scared that they might eat me. They are zombie chicks, after all. I am starting to cut the fallen dried leaves into small pieces and I'm making a bucket full of 'em to save money on wood shavings(My parents go mad when I mention the word "shavings"). Cutting them is VERY hard......not exactly hard, but tiring and slow! Is it really necessary to cut them into tiny pieces? The size I cut them down is a little close to a piece of wood shaving.....help.... Thanks in advance!