Im a clean freak. Sand is for clean freaks! I got a pooper scooper for sand from the reptile section of the pet store and clean up is so easy! No smell, clean chicken feet, water spills dry quickly, sand doubles as dust bath, sand doubles as grit, sand holds warmth, and so many more reasons. I even keep the brooder in my house! I am so going to use sand in my coop and run too. Try sand!