First time raising chickens. We renovated a 8 x 8 storage shed with dual doors on one end. I cut a door that raises up and down in the back corner that the chickens will be able to go outside in the run and built a 6' laying box on one side that is 22" above the floor so we can harvest the eggs without entering the coop.
Living in central Texas I have lots of cedar limbs that I have previously cut. Are those a good choice for making roosts or should I use lumber? I have lots of cedar that can be used for fence posts.
With the egg box 22" above the floor, do I need to build a ladder or will they be able to get up to it?
The shed has a wood floor. What do you use on the floor. I have been reading about the deep litter method with diatomaceous earth and this looks to be the way we are leaning but what should I start out with? Hay, pine shaving, or other? Our county provides free mulch to residents which is primarily, you guessed it, cedar. Would cedar mulch work mixed with DE?