Well my chicks have been home for 5 days. My layers have been upgraded to a 45 gallon tote and the meat birds to a 50 gallon. I've found that changing their bedding each day was getting messier and messier. Then I saw a post on deep litter for the coop. I have cob and pine pellets, but I do not want to put them on that until they are older. I had them on straw and hay. Boy, are those Cornish X Messy! So, there I was attempting to manage our 5 acres. We were city dwellers until last Dec and I've never had to cut 5 acres! Some of it is waaaay to long and we're having someone come and do it. But, I'm off topic....So, I'm doing as I'm doing a "second cut" on some areas that my sweet hubby couldn't get to, I'm looking at all of the "hay" from the stuff he cut 2 and 3 days ago. It was annoying me to see it sitting there all mess and clumpy and then I thought....Bedding! So, I have my 5 and 7 y/o a huge plastic tote and a rake and told them to fill it up...then a huge box. I was in our semi-sized garage cleaning and disinfecting the little coop (aka huge brooder) that was lent to us. It was sooooo gross. So, we bring our fresh hay into our regular garage and I clean their totes and instead of the 1" of shredded paper, I used 3 inches of hay and a bit of straw and packed it down. My broods are as happy as happy can be! I'm sold on deep litter. I'm going to fill our chick house up! Then, when DH builds our coop w/in the next 10 days I'm going to fill up my coop! All the free bedding I could ever want! Yippie! I'll add cob and pellet and DE and leaves to 'em, too!