My question is pretty well stated in the subject. I'm "remodeling" my coop and run, and being the relatively inexperienced builder-type that I am, I didn't think about the fact that the rocks I covered with sand in my pen would find their way up to the surface. Well, wow did they ever. I'm planning to rake out the majority of stones on the surface, and cover what's left with either hardware or landscape cloth. Landscape cloth being the easier (MUCH easier ) choice, but I have visions of chickens scratching through the three inches of sand I'll put over it and yanking it up. Totally defeats the purpose and makes more work for me later on. I'm pretty much limited to just 3" of sand at this point, I already wasted 3" worth of sand the first time I laid it down, and the retaining boards are only so high. I loathe the idea of dealing with enough hardware cloth (13' x17') to cover the whole floor, and the expense of that much hardware cloth may be prohibitive, anyway. I'm not worried about burrowing critters, there's enough gravel in that spot to keep just about *anything* out of there. So, any suggestions? Are my nightmares about puckered landscape cloth and the huge mess it will create unrealistic?