I will try to word this so it makes sense, sometimes I get ahead of myself! Anyway, we have a large shed with very good ventilation. The ducks share it with our rabbits. They are obviously separated by a wire fence and boards. The shed has double doors on each end that can be opened up for complete cross ventilation or the doors can be left shut and little hatches opened in inclement weather. IT has roof vents and windows that can be opened in the summer. The floor is covered by heavy rubber stall mats. Currently I am using straw in the very cold weather and hay in the less cold weather to line the floor for the ducks. I remove it daily. I was wondering about just using straw for the deep litter method. I don't want to put shavings or peat moss in because of the dust factor and I worry about how it would bother the rabbits. We've had this set up for many years and it works well, but the cost of straw and hay is expensive and when I remove it daily I realize I use a ton of it. So I am contemplating doing something different if possible. I kind of "get" the theory of the DLM, but have a bit of a problem getting over not cleaning out the area daily. That is hard for me to grasp. I know you pick out the worst spots, but when the weather is as bad as it's been here lately, the ducks are in so much more and the poop freezes instantly, so the shed is full of poop constantly. And the poop piles that a Muscovy leaves are BIG (relatively speaking), so there are all these hard mounds all over the floor each am. Can't make walking easy. So if I cover it all up with new straw, how much am I actually saving? If I try to pick it out, a ton of straw comes with it cause it's frozen solid. Plus the water splashing out of the dish freezes the straw into a hard spot and that takes up a lot when I remove it too. Is my set up going to work with the DLM? Or am I best to just keep to what I am doing? Hope this was somewhat coherent! It's kind of hard to describe the set up.