I notice no one mentions sand as bedding. When I was a kid we had chickens and we used sand. I'm using it now, and it seems to work great. Once a week I go through both sides of the coop with a kids sand rake and sifter. I get out pure, completely dried poop. It takes me maybe 15-20 minutes, and I get maybe 2 inches in the bottom of a 5 gallon bucket. My coop is pretty new - 6 chickens in a 4x8 coop, half raised run, half enclosed coop, with access to a bigger 12x6 run and evenings out - but there is absolutely no smell at all. It's very dusty to clean it, but other than that I don't notice excessive dust. I get playsand from Walmart - it's 4.98 for a bag and I think we started with 4-5 of them. Anybody know any good reasons NOT to use sand? Obviously it's heavier so you can't get it near as deep.