Hello all, I'm new to chickens. I got 6 chicks May 1st and have been reading some of the forums a while and thought it would be a good idea to join. As far as breeds I got 2 Black Orps, 2 Golden Comets, 1 Isa Brown and 1 Blue Rock. The chickens are going outside full-time probably today as things are about finished. I have soaked a lot of time and a considerable amount of cash into making sure they are happy and healthy. I think I have actually been overthinking everything a lot, probably too much time close to home due to the Covid shutdown! I built an 8x4 shed with my dad and this filled a lot of time and cost some money but it came out pretty good. I have a run that is about 12x14 and I covered the whole top and sides and wend about a foot into the ground with half inch wire mesh. I'm gonna get a solar door too, lol. I'm looking at the one from Ladies First. The big question at the minute is what to put down on the ground in their uncovered run. I want it to be easy and I want to make sure it doesn't smell too bad, I live in Portland so I don't want to inconvenience my neighbors with strong smelling chickens. I know some people use sand but I don't know why but would like to avoid that if I could. the run is uncovered so I'm really worried about it getting muddy and smelly. There is a lot of information and opinions here so sometimes it is almost overwhelming. Any help appreciated. Nice to meet you all.