YAY!! Thank you. Finally someone else is saying that they are using leaves in their coop. I am using them in the coup and in the run of the tractor with pine shavings for deep litter. I clean the poop out of the inside coup but they don't seem to be pooing much in the run area. Either that or it is getting worked in and not a problem. I do rake it now and then and add more. My coop area is 4 x 4 x 4 and the area underneath I have sand, wood ash, and they are kicking leaves in there too. They seem to like the leaves and very happily shred them themselves. I think they find it very entertaining when I add new whole leaves for them to scratch through. I have a pvc water with nipples that we added heat tape to and surrounded with insulation. It was windy and rainy today so I put the rain rain curtains all the way down on the sides (made from outdoor fabric) to keep it dry inside. The side next to my house is right beside my dining room window so I can watch them and they can see in. When my husband put the insulation around the heating tape/waterer I told him I thought it was too loose and sure enough, the hens began to peck and pull at the fiberglass insulation. I had to run out with duct tape and wrap the whole entire watering system tightly with duct tape. Hopefully (I pray), they will leave the duct tape alone!! Again, thanks for commenting on the leaves. I love using them and they are free! Better yet, I think the chickens like them alot too.