First time chicken mom and As all Oregonian's know, we have mud. Lots and lots of mud. I currently have 2 adult hens in a 10"x10" run with a smaller 3"x4" coop. Even though I just have the two girls in the run now, I'll be adding 6 new chicks (with their full size coop) here in a couple weeks and as much as I would love to think they'll be ok in the mud around the coop, I doubt they'll think so. Here's my question for everyone. What do you use as a medium in your run? Sand, bark chips, shavings, or something else? I'd like to stay away from straw since I've never really liked it. In my opinion, it's only good for bedding foaling stalls and dog kennels since it doesn't absorb any moisture. Please let me know what you've used or currently use and how it's worked for you! Thanks!