I am getting my chicks this week and need to build my coop. I am trying to decide between using deep litter and using sand. I can get sand for free or next to nothing from my hubby's work. We will have a cement floor in the hen house because we get the cement for free also! (he drives a cement truck lol). anybody used both that can give me the low down on each method...pros/cons. My coop will be about 8X4 floor space and 5-6' high. I will be getting 10 chicks and they will have access to the outdoor 9X12 run during the day. I plan on doing compost in the run once they get rid of the grass. They will also free range with access to basically unlimited area once I am comfortable with them doing that lol.