Hello all, I've been looking into this sand in the run idea and have been thinking about giving it a go possibly this weekend (weather permitting). right now my run is a barren wasteland with a few lone twigs and feathers....and poop. From what I've read, if you have sand in there you can treat it like a giant litter box which sounds great! My question is, how deep of sand should the sand be? Will I have to dig some dirt out? right now I have a 2x4 running along the length of the run. so i'm thinking that ill have to dig it out a little...for some reason 6" seems to stick in my head on the depth (must have read it somewhere maybe??) second question is, during the summer, will it be to hot for them to walk on? My run is on the north and west side of my coop, and I live in N. Dakota (we get the weather extreams of everything it seems) so there is shade and in the plans right now are tree rows on the west side of the coop ( of course this wont make a difference until like 10 years down the road) and maybe like a 6'-8' on the south side of the run (if the tree gobbling goats, don't have there way with it). Third question which is unrelated to the sand thing, is, has anyone planted a tree IN their run? If one were to do such a thing, would it get burnt from all the poopoo or would the hens dig up the roots?