I live on sand! So my coop is sand in summer and varying depths of deep litter in winter. Use a manure rake with a bit of chicken wire over the tines, like a kitty litter scoop. I am thinking of installing a droppings board, though. The stuff under the roosts is ridiculous!! I am able to safely range my flock, but don't have a run. My chickens love the chipped stuff my neighbor (a tree guy) drops off from time to time. It stays dry but spongy in almost any weather, I think it would be very good for a run. On the egg front, I'm back up to 50% production, so I think they WERE hiding them! Hoping the numbers go up soon, though. I turned off the light a couple weeks ago, so that might have something to do with it.