What do you use for deep bedding ? Is plain dirt better as chickens do take dirt baths to clean themselves. Dirt baths are proven method to get rid of parasites in animal world. Horses and other big animals do dirt baths too. I noticed my chickens often do dirt bath especially under direct morning sunlight. It created lot of dust around chicken run area. I read some online articles about using pine shreds as deep bedding but that would prevent chickens from taking dirt baths, right? I don't know if pine shreds prevent dust from flying all over the place either. my outdoor chairs/table are as dirty as ever. Thin cover of dust in couple weeks after washing. Anyway, my chicken run is a mess b/c young chickens are shedding their young feathers. I was thinking of buying some materials to make deep bedding for the chicken run but not sure if that is a good idea given the benefits of dirt baths or it helps with cleaning up the feathers. Please sure your experiences with whatever works best for you so I can get some idea for next step.