Today is moving day for our chickens. They are just 4 months old this week and we have been building the coop for the past 2 months. The coop has vinyl floor wrapped 12" up the walls, specifically so that we can use the DLM and have the material contained and away from the wall surfaces. We need to decide if we should use straw and/or pine shavings when we cover the floor for the first time today. We picked up a pair of bales of straw just after Haloween and stored them in a shed, so they are nice and dry. Leftover from the grocery store pumpkin display, we got them for about $5 each. I 've seen plenty of postings indicating that straw becomes a problem if it gets wet. In our case, I think keeping the straw dry will not be a problem. The waterer will be suspended from a chain and I'll probably rig up a tray to catch any splashes. And the coop actually has a foyer entry area which they will pass through before reaching the rest of the coop - if their feet have any moisture on them, or any rain water that blows in will be largely contained at that location. So what say you? Should we use the straw? Mix with pine shavings? Pitch the straw and just use pine shavings?