I know the bedding topic is like beating a dead horse. But I really need help. I live in the Pacific Northwest and if anyone knows anything about us here in OR and WA is that its WET, and I mean VERY WET in the winter. In the summer time straw worked great but now that its winter I am having to fluff the bedding and keep my coop a lot more than I would like to. Its a everyday combat of smelly, damp bedding. And the mud, holy hell the mud, if my chickens aren't bringing mud into the coop, I am. Chickens don't seem to care about the damp but I do. Coop size: 12 feet x 9 feet -I can't buy shavings in the bag, its way to much money every month, I would need 3-4 bags to even get a OK amount of covering. -Straw clearly isn't working -Sand, open to the idea but I have a steel floor so I don't know how that will work. -Hay allergy so not going there I wont do the deep litter method so many use, I just don't have a coop built for that. I can maybe get about 2" of bedding down before it tries escaping thru the door. What I need in bedding, -Will stay drier in the wet -Cheap -Something that is low maintenance -Combat the smell I am thinking about trying to find someplace to buy pine shaving in bulk and get a utility trailer full and try pine shavings. Anyone have opinions? Live here in the muck and wet and found someplace to get bedding?