This is my current coop setup. It has a layer of Sweet PDZ on the entire floor. I then layered about 1.5 bags of pine shavings, and then topped it off with DE for pest control. I also sprinkled a heavy dose of DE around the legs (4x4 post) of the coop frame.
I am cleaning out the tupper ware poop buckets (plastic totes in the back). The coop its self does not stink. There is a slight water issue since the vertical nipple does leak a small amount. Are flies normal, or should I be worried that they will start to lay maggots and such in the coop because of the small water.
The chickens are not stirring up the pine shavings, I am doing it manually. They are actually compressing them by the water leak (as expected)
I have horizontal nipples that I was going to use (all 4) on a 5 gallon bucket for their run. Do they need all 4 or should I use one of them for their coop till the run is constructed?
Am I doing the bedding correctly?
For those that do not want to read my blocky paragraphs
1. Is my bedding correct (Sweet PDZ, then Pine shavings, then DE)
2. How many horizontal nipples for 10 chickens on a 5 gallon bucket
3. Are flies normal or should I be concerned?
Thank you all