As a newbie to raising chickens I am pondering what is best for the bedding in my coop and run. I am thinking I'll try the deep litter method inside the coop. However, I want to put sand in the boxes under the roosts so I can just scoop away the droppings daily. Thoughts? What is recommended to put in the run? Just leave the ground as is or put some sort of bedding down? We live in Northeast Ohio and get warm summers and cold winters and usually several feet of snow. I am enjoying all the research and knowledge from all the postings. Happy Henning!!!!!
Bedding in my coop and run
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glad you have joined us. You should post an intro in the New Members forum to get a proper welcoming.
I think most folks in snow areas do use the deep litter for the coop. You can search for others near you in the "where am I, where are you forums" to ask what works best in your area. It would seem a covered run works best no matter where we are located.
But in Georgia, I use sand in coop, run and nests. You should consider sand under the roosts - it is easy to scoop and keep clean. Here's a former thread that used under the roosts sand "drawers" for that purpose: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/the-lotsa-poop-chicken-coop
Hope this helps.