Hello! The babies are 5 weeks old today, and we are going to be putting them in the coop (that still isn't done yet ) next week! We have the "Playhouse Coop" for our 6 bantams: I had originally planned on doing the deep litter method in the "coop", which in my mind meant the "hen house" and "the run". I just realized that most people leave the "run" area as plain dirt for scratching (and just put shavings in the hen house!) and so now I am at a loss for what to do. We had the coop built with welded wire on the bottom because of the tremendous amount of digging preadators we have. I know that wire is bad for their feet, but thought "no big deal" because I had planned on putting 3-4 inches of dirt on top of the wire, and then all of the pine shavings for the deep litter. Now I am questioning myself all over the place--- does anyone put litter in the run or am I confused????? Will this work? What about in the rainy months, will the wood chips and poop in the run get nasty and smelly (moreso than it would if it was dirt and poop??) Help!