This is my first year that I will have laying hens over winter. I have lots of leaves on my property and in the past have just dumped them on the garden. This fall I have been dumping lots of leaves into the chicken run and my girls are having great fun scratching through the piles. I am wondering if it makes sense to store some leaves for winter use, and if so, what would be the best storage method. I have read some threads here on BYC forums, and they seem to prefer using those paper leaf bags. I can get them at my local Menard's store: These paper leaf bags are less than $2.00 for a 5 pack. I was thinking that the paper leaf bags would be a better storage option than using plastic garbage bags or plastic garbage cans because paper will breath but plastic would not. But I don't know as I have never stored leaves before. Is anyone using these paper leaf bags for storing leaves over winter? Do you fill the bags loose leaf, or can you pack them down to reduce the storage space requirements? Are there better options to consider (reusing feed bags?). FYI, I have about 10 plastic garbage cans that could be used for storage and of course I have lots of plastic garbage bags. I am open to suggestions. Thanks.