What should I use on the floor of my chickens outdoor chicken run. It was just the dirt I built it the 9X6 run on but, YUCK what a mess after 5 months! My husband laid down tones of straw and boy oh boy, I won that arguement fast! That is great indoors but INSAINE outside. After 3 weeks I had the heaviest poop sponge and flies in numbers you don't even what to know about. It took me several weekends to scoop out layer after layer of the wet muck! Fora while I raked leaves into the chicken run and then pulled them out every few weeks but it was a disaster and so much work. A month ago I laid down some pea gravel in 2 square feet of it but that was just caked in poor and mud in 2 days. I tried laying down pavinf stones over 1/3 of the run to test how that would work and but a wek later I just slipped all over the poop and hosing it off just left piles of poo along the eges and the chickens dug in it anyway. I tried laying some brick dawn last week but now all the poop is still there was something to grab onto. AND when I try to hose it off, the poop now fights back and splatters on me! I have 7 hens and 2 roosters, 3 of the chickens are bantams. They have a good size shed/coop whose chicken door opens into a large chainlink dog with chicken wire on top. I have square foot cement pavers all along the edge which the chain link sits on so there is no one is sneaking on or out. The chickens are closed in the coop at night, let out into the run durring the day and they get 1-4 supervised hours to free roam the yard and woods. I'd rather not pour cement because 1. that's too perminant and ugly, 2. it'll get hot on the portion that's in the sun, 3. I worry that it would be harmful to their feet in some way. Most animals feet suffer healthissues from being forced to spend their lives on cement . I'd get thons on wood chips but I worry the cost and the constant churning and replacing wouldn't be worth it and the moisture would be unreal. Any ideas anyone?