Hi there! Well, we're now planning on building a home for our first chickens and I need some advice! I've read Raising Chickens for Dummies and done some research online but still have some questions... We live in the middle-east by the sea, where it's hot and humid with very rare rainfall. We'll be keeping chickens on our roof/terrace which has concrete flooring. Many locals have chickens like this but most just keep them outside, sometimes with fencing to keep them from escaping, with a roost and some nest-boxes. Because it never really gets cold here shelters aren't really a necessity I guess, but we want to also make some kind of shelter. My question is: what flooring would you recommend, considering it's going to be on top of our concrete roof. I was thinking of going for the deep litter method with wood shavings, but my hubby was scared that it might get humid underneath and might not be good for the concrete, or else we could try gravel topped with a nice layer of wood-shavings, to help keep the moisture off the concrete. Or else just gravel. Or alternatively we use sand (which is generally what the locals use, although it is sometimes a bit stinky!). I like the idea of the deep-litter method because it's less cleaning! But don't want to risk moisture ruining the concrete underneath... Any advice would please be welcome!