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My coop has a 3/4 plywood floor on blocks.  I have covered the floor in wood chips (pine shavings - soft flake - lowest dust) from Tractor Supply.

 

I am getting a large amount of dust on the feeders, water container, light fixture, etc.

 

Should I be worried about this affecting my chickens' health, and what suggestions do you have as to what to do about this?

 

Thanks,

 

DrCB

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It's normal, but could be a sign of too little ventilation as well, but even well ventilated coops get dusty, I use an electric leaf blower to 'dust' my coop regularly...
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Thanks MeepBeep, for your reply.

 

I just finished hanging a fan from the ceiling beam in preparation for the hot summer temps.  Perhaps that will help a bit with the dust.

 

DrCB

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Thanks MeepBeep, for your reply.

I just finished hanging a fan from the ceiling beam in preparation for the hot summer temps.  Perhaps that will help a bit with the dust.

DrCB

Pay attention to the fan, many times the dust will gum them up and cause them to stop... I have tried cheap box fans in my windows during the summer and if they actually stay spinning for a week it would be a miracle... I'm sure high end commercial grade fans would work much better...
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I just finished hanging a fan from the ceiling beam in preparation for the hot summer temps.  Perhaps that will help a bit with the dust.

 

DrCB

A 'ceiling' fan might move some air around to help with heat, but it won't remove the dust from the coop.

It'll just blow it the dust around and maybe even stir it up more.

 

@RonP has an inventive way to remove dust from the coop using a couple of leaf blowers.

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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