I finally gave in and put in several inches of shavings. I am a newbie at raising chicks. The idea of putting them on shavings terrified me. I worried: The shavings are little bits of wood to stuff themselves on when every little bite of complete feed is essential. I kept them on paper towels, went thru boat loads of those. Put down a cheap cloth. Gathered it up , put down a fresh one, and shook out the soiled one over the lawn and washed it. Repeat. I can't take it any longer!! THey make too much poo and the clothe is too moist IMO for good health. THey are over 6 weeks old. THey eat a lot and drink a lot! ANd the coop isn't ready due to Old MAn WInter dumping more snow than we've seen in over 15 years!! Enough. If all of you put them on shavings, I will try it too! Pullets crammed into the corners while I dumped and spread the shavings. THey must have thought the sky is falling. I tried to reassure them and pushed them out of the corners. To their surprise, they really could walk on this new stuff. I hope this will keep the moisture down, and I can keep it clean . . . or else I may just pull everything out of the shed and put them in!!!! Love this website!! So full of knowlegable people!