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I seem to be having a dampness problem in my chicken coop. Its a 8 x 8 coop  with an 8

x8 run. I have 20 chickens. and use straw and pine shavings on the floor.The floor always seems to be damp and I change it often. Does anyone know what the problem would be. Thanks

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Wow 20 chickens sounds like a lot to me. I have six hens in a 4 X 6 coop with a 9 foot x 20 foot run plus the underneath of the coop and still think that's to small for my girls... I gave up after three days with pine shavings in the coop. There was no way to keep it clean. I cleaned it every day. I've since switched over to using sand and pdz in the coop. The girls and I love it! Wow what a difference cleaning the coop it has been. I just use a kitty litter coop on an extended stick. Takes me maybe two minutes a day to clean.

I'm new to raising chickens and want nothing more than to keep my girls dry and clean. 

Do you have lots of ventilation above your girls when they roost for the night? Poop trays under the roosting boxes? Windows to open during the daytime?

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Do u have a run?? I recommend leaving your waterers in the run if u already aren't. I also Would put up poop boards under the roosts and that will keep the moisture down too. It seems like your coop is a little full that can be an issue sometimes with bullying.

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Sounds like over crowding may be part of the problem. How much ventilation does the coop have? I have 6 chickens, a 8' x 18' (8' X 9' for chickens, other 1/2 is storage) coop and a 8' x 16' run. We also use pine shavings with no problems. There is a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost which helps absorb moisture from the droppings.
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I seem to be having a dampness problem in my chicken coop. Its a 8 x 8 coop  with an 8

x8 run. I have 20 chickens. and use straw and pine shavings on the floor.The floor always seems to be damp and I change it often. Does anyone know what the problem would be. Thanks

 

How deep are your straw and pine shavings?

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Straw and pine shavings about 3 inches deep

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Pic of coop please?

Probably just too many birds in too small a space with not enough ventilation.

 

What is your climate?

Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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