Hello Community, We have four 6-week old pullets and a small, elevated coop with a wood floor, about 4X4. We am trying the deep litter method in the coop, and have started using kiln dried pine shavings (the pet store kind, which we also used in the brooder) with rye straw on top, which we will turn and add to as needed. I've been reading the DLM threads but haven't found an answer to the question of excess feed in the litter. My trouble is, wherever we keep the chicks, they spill their starter feed everywhere! We don't see them do it; we just see them pecking away happily at the food in the feeder. And we haven't found poop in the feeder, so our set-up doesn't seem prone to mess-making. But when we cleaned out the brooder (and then the bathtub where they were housed for a bit), we found a massive collection of wasted feed under the shavings and/or straw. What should we do with it, just let it compost in the coop? Will it interfere with the deep litter method? Or should we remove it and put it in the garden composter? I'm afraid the feed will attract rodents - we have voles in California. They can't get into the coop or run, because we put hardware cloth in the trenches all around, so it would be most convenient if I can just leave it in the litter and let it decompose in the coop. Is that a bad idea? Thanks in advance for your advice!