So, this is what I know so far according to what I read around here: -make the first roost about 1-2ft high if using ladder method -use DE to get rid of smell, flies, and to dry the litter -better to make a hinge for ladders so to make it easier to clean -only need to clean out coop about once or twice a year What I still don't get: -if it's deep, how do the chickens get out when the litter is just starting its first layer? can the chickens hop up that high themselves? -does that mean I should dig a hole on the floor and how deep? I read that the layer can get up to 6in?? or is it more? -or should I just make the coop a bit higher? -for people who use deep litter method can you put up a picture of the entrance to your coop so i can see what it looks like? Thank you!