Hi All: I'm new to the forum, having joined after spending a lot of time and learning so much. This site is great. My question concerns how, or if, I should put something down in my run. I have built what I call a run - a 360 degree wire-enclosed space - into which I have placed a coop. The coop is simply a small building for roosting and nesting. At least this is what I call the two partse run and the coop. The run is really just to protect the chickens at night (although the coop closes up tight) and to give the chickens some leg room when I need to travel. Otherwise, the run gate is left open and the chickens get the run of the yard. The run floor is the ground - beautiful fertile earth (I used a 2' hardware cloth apron on the outside). Plain dirt. This means it can get muddy, and will have morning dew. The site is partial shade. I live in CA, where there's no rain for like 8-9 months, then a rainy season. So I'm wondering whether I should throw something down on that dirt to help the chickens' feet stay clean. Is this where I would lightly throw down straw? Raking would work. Sweeping would not, so shavings don't seem to make sense. I'm an avid hot-composter. So I always have grass clippings, shredded magnolia leaves, or even compost to put out. So perhaps I just put the grass and shredded leaves in occasionally? I've read straw can be bad (moldy and hurt the chickens). Thoughts would be appreciated. I've read a lot on the forum about litter, but that seems to be the stuff one uses inside of a full coop with a floor. My chickens will only use the coop at night and for laying eggs. Thank you.