Hi All, I'm in the planning stages of my first chicken adventure, and am considering what to use for coop floor-cover and run ground-cover. I'm thinking, pine shavings in coop (it has a slide-out pan under roosts that will help make cleaning easy) and sand (on dirt) in the run. One consideration for the sand is it gets triple digits for several weeks in the summer, a very dry heat, and I've heard the sand can be cooler, letting the girls dig little cool holes in the shade. Here is my coop & run: So, 4 inches of sand, scooped with a long-handled kitty-litter type scoop, maybe mixed with that stuff that makes it smell a little better (PVE? PCE? I forgot what it was called!) and some food-grade DE. I really don't have space for a big compost pile, I'm thinking I might start a small one, but I'll probably throw most of the chicken poop out with the dog poop unless I find a neighbor that wants it. I'll have 3 chickens and the run is about 20 Sq. feet, and I'll probably let them free-range occasionally, but only a few hours a week. Thoughts?