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what bedding to use in coop?

post #1 of 7
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I am going to move my 14 rirs and silkies out to the coop soon, and was wondering what would be best to put on the floor.

we have been told these ate good and i am thinking one of them:

 

- sand (childrens' play sand)

- pine shavings

- wheat straw (is this safe?)

- wood chips

 

i am leaning towards maybe sand, is this a good idea?

post #2 of 7

i use straw and that works fine

2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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2 Buff Orpingtons, 1 red sex link, 1 bantam, 1 Silkie rooster who acts much bigger than he really is, 2 young Pekin ducks, 1 young Mallard, 1 duck of an undetermined breed, 2 mixed breed chicks,1 Barred Rock pullet, and 1 easter egger pullet.  named in order:

Lucy, Ethel, Lucky, Aunt Bea, Ricky, Lemon Meringue, Daisy, Ping-Ping, Jake, Fred, Phoebe, Saoirse, and Esther.

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post #3 of 7
I agree I like straw in the coop, easier to clean, it breaks down faster for composting
post #4 of 7

What you put down on the floor as litter will depend a great deal on what your floor is made of and how you intend to manage it.

 

Elevated wood or other? Probably something light, like wood chips, shavings, straw, etc, and unless it was built for deep litter, plan on changing as needed. What you pull out of here can go on to a compost pile.

 

Dirt?  If it would work for you, deep litter in the form of a few inches of wood chips, shavings, straw, old hay, leaves, etc. Eventually building up to several inches to as much as a foot or so. Essentially, they run around on a compost pile of their own making.

post #5 of 7
You'll find pros and cons for each method you mentioned and proponents of each. As Howard E stated, first it depends on your situation. We are using pine shavings for our wood floored coop using the deep bedding method. So far it's worked out wonderfully.

Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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Our coop build thread...

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1088771/cheryls-hen-house

 

1Peter 5:2 Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you. Watch over it willingly, not grudgingly—not for what you will get out of it, but because you are eager to serve God.

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post #6 of 7
After much debate when we first got chickens, the system we settled on was deep bedding of pine shavings and a poop board filled with PDZ under the roost. Water is in the run to keep everything dry. The poop board is sifted out daily and what poo does fall to the floor is quickly mixed in with the shavings and dries. We clean out/replace the shavings twice a year.
2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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2 Buff Orpingtons, 4 Black Sex Links,. 1 Golden Retriever, 1 "old man" cat and 2 Betta.
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post #7 of 7

each owner has his/her own preference when it comes to bedding..

 

i use pine shavings in the coop and half of the run. easy to clean  + odor and moisture control

 

 

 

What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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What i posted above are just my opinions.. they are NOT facts.
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