I know these topics have been done to death, but I'm hoping some kind souls will answer specific questions about my set-up so I don't have to browse long threads... Inside the coop: Plywood floor (not painted- wish I had before they moved in), wire walls - so PLENTY of ventilation (it is inside my insulated garage, the chickens go outside through an open window). When they were fluffies in a big old rabbit hutch, I just tossed shavings in on top of poop. Now that they are in the coop I am doing the same - will this continue to work out? I'm going on the idea that if it smells okay, it's going okay. I figure I'll clean it all out and throw it in a compost pile a couple of times a year. Should I add Stall Dry or something? I'm looking for food-grade DE but have not found it locally. Outside, in the run: Bottom is bare dirt (if mud issues arise I will amend that of course). I'm not seeing alot of poop out there yet, and did not even address the issue of poop till this morning (they've been out there a week now). What I did see I just shovelled under....is that a sustainable method, or will I need to be removing the poop from the run?