Alright...there are just too many threads to dig thru, so forgive me for making my own on this subject...that I know has been beat to death. I just got done framing up a 8'W x 12'L run. It isn't the most beautiful thing, but I don't care, cause it is for the chickens!...lol So here is what I am doing....where it meets the coop, it is 56" tall and it comes out 4' from the coop...that part is going to be roofed, so when we have inclement weather, the 6 girls have cover...but still have about 30sq ft to run around in if they so choose. The run drops to 36" high from there for the remainder of the 8' and it will NOT be roofed (the entire thing will have chicken wire over it...so the girls remain safe from predators). So I am wanting feedback about the materials for the run floor.....especially since it is open to elements. I live in C Arkansas, so we do get the healthy doses of rain. This run is built on sloped ground that runs away from the coop...so water will go down and away from the coop. I would like to do a deep litter method, and had planned on about 6" of pine shavings mixed with mulch and some brown oak leaves that are laying around from this fall. I don't want to have to do heavy maintenance on any of it, but realize I will have to do some. So, how do I keep this from becoming an all out mess? Will that plan work ok? I guess I am mainly concerned about it drying out and in the late spring/early summer when we get a rain and temps hit 90F+....mold and mildew. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!!