Originally Posted by sangel4you
so back to my original post and the floor being cement...we found out this past weekend after a good amount of rain, that rain does come in the window of the barn and it must be sloped becuase it ran down under the coop and run and sat for probably a good day before finally drying out. So in this situation whats the recomendation?
In this situation I would vote for shavings. They are less apt to mold than straw is, when gotten wet and let to sit that way.
Don't worry about shavings getting into the run and not breaking down. They WILL break down (actually many will just blow away ), and honestly if you had lots and lots of them getting out there, which I seriously doubt you will (put a sill in the pophole doorway if necessary), the fact that they DO break down and make sucky spongy mud would be your REAL problem Although, as I say, it won't likely be a problem for you. But I mean, when oodles of shavings DO get into the run, that is why it's bad.
FWIW, I've never cleaned straw-bedded coops, but I have cleaned oh so many horse stalls bedded with pellets, shavings, and straw and mixtures thereof; and my strong personal feeling is that pellets and shavings work better for most situations and are easier to clean in an economical way than straw is. (I know others may disagree, this is just my opinion)
Good luck, have fun,