I am a first time Chicken Lady! My little ones (5) are still in the brooder but I am getting the coop ready. I think I have been won over to the idea of using sand instead of shavings but have a few more questions. If anyone can pipe in on answers I'd appreciate it. 1. The only downside I am reading about is the weight of moving the sand. But what am I missing - honestly? 2. When you do change out the sand where and how do you dispose of it? I was thinking shavings would just go in the composter but that's not a great option for the sand. 3. I know the sand keeps the coop cooler in the summer but what about winter? I'm in Massachusetts so we definitely do get cold winters. Will the sand make the coop much colder? I do have all cold hardy breeds and have a severe cold weather emergency plan but.... 4. Do you still use diatomaceous earth as you would with shavings? 5. What about the silica in the sand? I know I should use construction sand but isn't there still silica in it? And will that hurt the birds breathing? 6. How many inches of sand - I've read mixed things? 7. What is the purpose of the landscape cloth between the wood flooring and the sand? And any other advice you have would be great!