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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?

 

Thanks

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Yes the deep litter would work that way, the beaches would be good as long as they are about 2" in diameter at least. You will be able to house about 16 birds in that size of a coop.

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Cedar is toxic to chickens so if you're going to use shavings, use pine
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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