When I got chickens for the first time about 18 months ago I was going to do DL in the coop. I'm all about composting and keep 4 very large piles on my half acre lot. Then I saw a poop board and started thinking if I removed the poop every day there was less chance of poor hygiene being a vector for disease. So I dutifully provided the maid service every day for my 3 hens. Now I've got 7. Not that my compost piles aren't glad to have a boxful of mixed pine shavings and poop every day but I'm wondering if it's the best way for my birds to live. So, if I took the poop board out and just threw additional pine shavings on top of the poop every morning how would that work inside a coop in a hot dry climate like Los Angeles? Is there more to it that I need to be aware of? Would my chickens be subject to things like mites and scaley feet?