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I have been reading a lot about using sand for bedding and on the drop boards.

How much sand ?

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I considered sand initially as well and also researched deep litter method.  I decided (laziness) that I didn't really like the idea of having to use a scooper and clean the sand every day or so.  While it sounds ok I also know that a year from now it might get old.  My coop is 6'x8' and I put one bag of pine shaving from rural king down which gave me a couple inches of depth. Then raked up a large trash bag of dead grass/twigs/leaves from around my fence that had been there since last fall.  The chicks loved scratching through it and I can honestly say after 3 weeks there is no foul smell in the coop. My plan is to add grass clippings, leaves, etc each week after I mow.  Then in the fall and spring clean it out and spread it on my garden.

 

Sorry I didn't answer your sand question but I didn't know what other options you had researched.

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I'm also looking at  deep litter not sure yet thanks for the in put.

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We use pine shavings in the coop. Deeper in the winter (maybe 6") than in summer. We have a poopboard filled with PDZ which I sift-out everyday so the floor stays much cleaner. We do a complete clean out twice a year.
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