I must say first and foremost that the wealth of information that this website and forum brings to the general public has been invaluable to my husband and I in setting up our first flock and coop. Here is my question...When it comes to actual flooring and cleaning, does everyone use just a wood floor or does anyone use any other type of flooring like you would find in a home? I was reading the messages regarding the deep litter method and there was a number of folks that state once a year they do a total clean out and spray with a 1:10 ratio of bleach water, or in place of bleach they use orange and peppermint. Would flooring like linoleum (since it's cheaper than tile etc.) work for an easier clean up for that yearly clean? Has there been any research done to determine if any flooring (other than wood) is harmful or contraindicated for use in a chicken coop? Also, does anyone use anything for the walls like a polypropolene product (you've seen them in restaurants...they are plastic panels or sheets with micro knobs all over) that is easily wiped down and sterilized when the need arises? I know it was mentioned in the other forum that if you rake or use the scratch method, the flooring will remain intact and ammonia smell will not be an issue. I was just wondering if the walls are the same way. The deep litter method would cut down on the smell and so forth on the floor...was just wondering if the wood walls would absorb any odor or is it just extreme to think that one could use something other than wood on the walls. It could be that I'm just thinking to deeply on this or else I can't separate the chicken mommy from the nurse. Any feedback would be great.