I'm trying to figure out what to do for my coop run for the material on the ground. I am currently building the coop but originally planned to build it a couple years ago (life got REALLY in the way). I had planned on doing sand, but am questioning that now. There are a lot of threads talking about the pros and cons for sand, but I am concerned because my run will not be covered. I live in Northern California with hot hot summers, so I don't want the sand to get hot and burn my sweet chick's feet. I am also concerned that if it ever rains here again since the run is not covered the sand will become hard and stinky and gross, no matter how well I rake it. And of course, since this was planned years ago, it was started years ago. I had a brilliant plan to put gravel under the sand with hardware cloth and landscaping cloth below. So I have a giant hole filled with gravel that I haven't completed the other portions of. I am concerned about landscaping cloth tearing and losing all the sand anyway. I am now thinking it might be best to just put the sand on the gravel, fill in with soil and have a well drained base of soil and something. Straw, hay, something? I would really appreciate any suggestions, thoughts, or comments. Thanks so much!