Good Morning All, My fiance and I just bought a house in Shelton, CT. It's about 1.5 acres with a big barn and greenhouse. We are very new to gardening and this spring are planning to get at least 5 chickens. We picked a coop here on BYC that we will start building soon. Still haven't decided on sand or wood shavings. Any suggestions? We have time to clean and would love to use the droppings in the compost pile. We would like to get a few dozen eggs per week on average. I look forward to some of the 170K plus members' responses! Thank you!