Here is our current set-up: Coop: top level, with roosting bars, nesting boxes, feeders, and straw. Lower lever: dirt/sand, waterer, grit, oyster shells and a swing. Chickens have open access to a pasture with a mobile electric fence. In winter, they mainly stay in the building, maybe venturing a 7 foot radius out in snow. Two problems, as snow melts, we have nasty mud with a a whole winter's worth of poop that had frozen solid. 2) the sand/dirt bottom has collected a lot of fallen straw/poop/dripped and frozen water When it thaws I have the joy of digging all of that up. It's a matted smelly mess. Sand can't go in the compost pile. It's also the grossest thing I have ever done. How do y'all handle winter coop management? My deep litter works fine I. The roosting area.