I have read some articles recently about using sand as bedding inside our chicken coop and I'm looking for some feedback/more information/answers about this method. We are currently using the deep litter method with straw in our coop but it gets pretty smelly after a few weeks and its hard to keep clean. I Also hear that straw retains moisture which can lead to problems in the winter months. That's why I'm considering switching to sand. However, I'm concerned that sand will not help to keep the chicken coop warm like the straw does during the harsh winter months in New England. Has anyone found success using sand in their coops? Does it really make a difference with the smell? Is my coop going to be too cold? If you have any experience or feedback I would love to hear from you.