sand vs. straw or shavings in the chicken coop: I asked my grandma which they used in their coops growing up and she said dirt. Yes, the dirt on the ground, no built floor, just on top of the dirt, because dirt has natural sanitizing properties and so they had to whitewash the coop, but didn't have to really ever clean it.
Guide to Choosing Chicken Breeds: Pick the Best Breeds for Your Flock -
Want backyard chickens for eggs? Meat? Beauty? Calm companionship? For a cold climate? For a hot climate? For children? For showing? How about the best breeds are for a very small space? Here's a great guide to choosing chicken breeds to help you choose just the right breeds for your needs.
Thorough and organized, this guide will help you design the ultimate chicken coop: convenient for you, and spacious and comfortable for the birds. Covered in detail are 15 items, such as space, nest boxes, roosts, windows, runs, and more. Plenty of photos for ideas. Also a word on chicken runs and yards. Whether you keep a few birds or a larger flock, the important principles are the same.