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We love our girls and want to keep them healthy. Keep me posted on how you make out with my suggestion. I see you live in Ohio, no wonder you have some issues. I live NW Coast in Canada!

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We love our girls and want to keep them healthy. Keep me posted on how you make out with my suggestion. I see you live in Ohio, no wonder you have some issues. I live NW Coast in Canada!
Ha Ha Ha "If you don't like the Ohio weather wait 5 minutes." I wore jeans and a t-shirt one day and woke up to snow the next. We hit 70 degrees this weekend! Next weekend is forecasted to be in the 30s. Parts of my lawn are so soggy it tries to suck my boots off my feet. At this point I'd try just about anything to combat the mud. ūüėā
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I currently have 9 hens. The coop is raised ~4 feet and is 4 X 8 feet. attached run with ramp is fenced -- 12 X 12 open air plus 4X12 covered.

 

Bedding in the coop:

- ¬†What do you use? ¬†‚ÄčLayers of newspaper with lots of mulch hay spread over it.

- How deep do you let it get?  When the hay gets flattened out and starts to get messy, I just add more hay. It gets pretty deep by cleaning time.

- How often do you clean it out?  In warm weather, every two months or so; in winter 3-4 months depending on weather. I rake out everything, including the paper, and compost it. I clean the nesting boxes more frequently summer & winter.

- What is your coop floor? Plywood.

- Do you use a poop board or something similar? No. The poop mixes in with the hay and makes great compost. Also, the hens spend a lot of time in the run.

- Anyone use the deep litter method? Tell us about your experience? 

- What products, beside bedding materials, do you use to keep smells/moisture under control? No products, just good ventilation.

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