A couple of weeks ago I read a thread about what to put down in the coop and on the ground. Someone (I think in Tennessee?) was talking about a "straw" product that they bought. They said they could put it down and just mix it up for weeks before they had to change it. If someone remembers that thread and can point me to it I would really appreciate it. On another note, I plan on putting my run under a couple of oak trees. Is it okay to leave the leaves on the ground or do I need to rake them up first? My friend is coming over this Sunday to help me put up the chicken wire and clean out the shed we plan to use as a coop. Would a doggie door with the flap removed be a good egress for the hens? I could close it at night with the door thingy that comes with it. Thanks again in advance. I am sure I will get some good advice here!!!