This is the bedding I get from the local L&M at about $5 and it really lasts a long time.
I get them at TSC, they are cheapest place I have found around $4.50 a bale/bag.
My brother use to have a Schnauzer, It was a horrible little mutt, barked all the time, only think it was good for was Schnauzer Ball. On a good kick off you could get 30 yards or better.
Good you got a break!
Sorry Chuckie got plucked!
My wife seems to think that we need to clean the coop once a week (using a $6 bail of straw). I was just going to throw some new straw (about 1/4 or 1/2 bail) down on top of the old stuff and give them a fresh layer on top. But she had talked to someone who said they cleaned their coop twice a week to avoid mites, etc. I think they can go a couple of weeks or longer between cleanings. Am I wrong?
Since I removed all the old straw last night and swept out the coop, it was a good time to work on the roost. There was only one roost at about 40 inches from the floor. I only ever saw 2 chickens using it. All the other chickens either sat on the floor or in a nest box. So I removed the existing roost and moved it further away from the wall and then added a new lower roost closer to the wall. In other words, they were staggered so the hens on top weren't dropping poo on the hens below. I also figured they could hop from the low roost to the higher roost. Well...I saw the same 2 hens on the roost afterwards and the others on the floor. I'll watch to see if anything changes.
Can you turn those roosts so the wider side is up? I think they may have an easier time roosting on the wide side.
I also agree weekly cleaning is too often.