Originally Posted by tjroberts
I am from Dover, PA. I am new to the site and chickens. Still in the preparation stage, finding a coop and that kinda thing. Love this site.
Welcome!! You are in the right place if you have any questions... lots of traffic on this thread so be prepared to take notes till you get to know us! LOL
Originally Posted by regcal966
This dog kennel was here when we bought the house, we decided to set it up and let the chicks out of the basement for a little bit. Love this awesome weather!
Sweet! Looks like a great set up!
Originally Posted by motherhen71185
OK, a sunday works for me. We just have to see if it works for our mentor and any one else who wants to join. :)
Lot's of big plans this weekend! - Building the run, building a hoop coop for quarentine/ grow out (i am sure this will just become a second coop filled with chickens thanks to beaglady and gardeningmam)
I want to convert the coop over to sand and get rid of the stinky wood shavings. So... How deep do i make it? I have an 8x10 coop. And what kind do i get?
We did sand in our coop, actually a mix of sand and chain saw 'dust'/chips. The sawdust was just to aid in moisture absorbing until the sand dried out completely though. We got the 'construction grade' sand which our local supplier keeps inside, so it wasn't soaked. The construction grade is just a bit coarser, play sand would also work but is a bit more money.
We put in about 2" of sand, and mixed in about a kitchen garbage bag worth of sawdust to help fluff it up. We sift it about every other week using a snow shovel that we cut out the center of and replaced it with 1/4" mesh. It is a dusty job but only takes about an hour or so (about a 10x12 area). Each cleaning I usually would add about 15lb of sand back in to replace what was taken out. Haven't had to add sawdust for past 2 months because the coop is so dry it doesn't need any moisture absorbed!
Originally Posted by missydcpc
I throw leaves in the coop for the girls to play with during the winter....
OMG, if I gathered up all of our leaves right now and put into the coop we wouldn't be able to find our birds for a week! Love having all of the shade in the heat of summer but am so sick of dealing with leaves!!!