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Poll Results: Using the map below please select which climate area you are in and whether you use sand or wood shavings in your coop, not your run. Thanks!

 
  • 0% (0)
    Subartic/Artic - Sand
  • 0% (0)
    Subartic/Artic - Wood Shavings
  • 0% (0)
    Subartic/Artic - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 0% (0)
    Very Cold - Sand
  • 8% (2)
    Very Cold - Wood Shavings
  • 0% (0)
    Very Cold - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 0% (0)
    Cold - Sand
  • 17% (4)
    Cold - Wood Shavings
  • 0% (0)
    Cold - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 4% (1)
    Mixed Humid - Sand
  • 21% (5)
    Mixed Humid - Wood Shavings
  • 4% (1)
    Mixed Humid - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 4% (1)
    Mixed Dry - Sand
  • 4% (1)
    Mixed Dry - Wood Shavings
  • 0% (0)
    Mixed Dry - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 4% (1)
    Hot Dry - Sand
  • 8% (2)
    Hot Dry - Wood Shavings
  • 4% (1)
    Hot Dry - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
  • 4% (1)
    Hot Humid - Sand
  • 4% (1)
    Hot Humid - Wood Shavings
  • 8% (2)
    Hot Humid - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,
23 Total Votes  
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 

aart, I guess I didn't cover all my bases when I stipulated it being in the coop...  I'm more interested in the floor of the coop.  To me roost boards are separate appliances of the coop structure.  Thanks for the input, I'll add yours mentally as a cold/wood-shavings vote. ;)

Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 

Ok, southern hot and humid region folks, I need some input from ya'll... :)

Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by aart View Post
 

Didn't vote because I use both in the 'cold' region.

1/2" deep sand (and PDZ) in the roost boards sifted out every other day and pine shavings on the floor totally changed out once/twice a year.

 

Sand as a main bedding seems wonderful, just scoop all those poops out-viola!.....

......but.....eventually it becomes saturated with pulverized poop 'dust' and when damp stinks to high heaven.

Then whatcha gonna do with all that stinky sand?

 

If very small coop, might work......or maybe in very arid climates.

Same here.  I'm in Northern Wyoming, considered very cold, and I use a little bit of pine shavings but mostly dried leaves, chopped up corn stalks, garden and lawn waste, etc.

post #14 of 16
No vote cast, I live in the 'cold' region and I use all sorts of organic matter for the floor coop, wood shavings, leaves, straw, hay, grass clippings, corn husk, weeds, left over vegetable stems and what not that they don't eat, heck there is even some soil, sand, ash and what not in mix as they have a tendency to empty their dusting pool regularly... Also lots of dried bread crust, as they seem to always leave that behind...
Edited by MeepBeep - 5/31/16 at 2:50pm
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Intheswamp View Post
 

aart, I guess I didn't cover all my bases when I stipulated it being in the coop...  I'm more interested in the floor of the coop.  To me roost boards are separate appliances of the coop structure.  Thanks for the input, I'll add yours mentally as a cold/wood-shavings vote. ;)

Floor beddings can differ in management when you use roost boards...might want to add that to the poll.

You can't just look at one aspect, but the big picture and how everything works together.

 

Maybe solicit folks from the southern state chat threads to come and answer your poll.


Edited by aart - 5/31/16 at 3:02pm

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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post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 

Hmm, maybe I should've written "litter" rather than "wood shavings"...too late, now, though.  I can see a good mix of materials being in there...and that variety adding spice to the chickens lives. :)

 

aart, I can see where the "whole" has to be considered if roosting boards or pits are utilized.   That would be some good details for people to add in comments.  Thanks for the continued feedback. And I will take your advice on bumping up the southern groups for input! ;)

Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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Job 27:3-6   All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;  My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit.  God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine integrity from me.  My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.
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