This seemed like the most appropriate space to post this, although the area in question is not inside a run, it's outside of our coops and runs. Most all of our pens are roofed (just a little more work to be done) and that will solve the slip and fall problems inside the runs. The walkway areas off our patio and around the pens have been devoid of grass, since we let our birds roam there on occasion, and now the ducks are there a lot of the time. Now that it is getting rainy, that muddy area is super slippery. Last year i tossed down hay and that worked for a spell then it would start to decompose and it would get dangerous. My husband suggested pavers, but it would take a lot of pavers and i'm not sure i want to turn that into a completely paved in area. Thought i would ask what others use in areas such as this. Is there something you've found that works better than others? Pine needles? Leaves? Pebbles? (Although i'm not big on adding rocks to our yard.) i don't know, i'm a bit stumped and was hoping for some good ideas. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.