This forum is great! Here's another question. How about using hay in the floor of the coop and the run? When I was about 11 years old, we kept a flock of ducks for one year (until we moved) and I pretty much took over all the maintenance myself, including cleaning their house. It was lined with hay and every week I would rake out all the hay, spread it around, and wash it down with a hose. This seemed to work well, and we never had any problems with the hay. The land they were on was kind of a sand pit anyway, and we actually got grass from the manure. I'm thinking could I just line the floor of the coop and run with hay, then once a week rake all of the hay into a wheelbarrow and dump it in our compost pile? We don't compost food scraps or garbage- just tree branches, leaves and things like that. We don't really make "compost" either- we just use it as a place to dump yard clippings. I don't want to do the deep litter method. I'm thinking that with only 2 or 3 chickens, the waste load should be managable. What do you all think?