Originally Posted by LittleMissPurdy
Originally Posted by Ray from PA
Not aware of any " issue" with sand over the cement,,,, I used pavers in my Cochin pen, to avoid mud since they are heavily feather-footed. I would suggest putting perches in the run, my gals like resting on them especially since it got cold, they use them alot.
Not sure if the pavers might be a tad too cold for their feet, didn't really consider how cold they might feel this time of the year when I installed them this summer
Thank you..I forgot about perches!!, writing it in "the notebook"...I wondered about temperature of the sand this time of year, but *cycle-chick has answered that I think... I guess we just have to try and find out what best works for our own "situations".could you still put alittle straw or something to that effect inside the coop to give them something to "hunker-down" into?.....I think I put 12.00 instead of 2.00,..oops.., walmart has "mother" for 3.00,okay,..still sounds good to me!! *motor-chick- did they tell you to put the tarp down for removing the sand later ?..I like the salt-water tank idea though..haha...I am thinking about keeping the fermenting buckets in the laundry room, it's off the kitchen and will stay "room-Temp.", for good-bubbles... also going to delve into the whole meal-worm thing too, but they will have to stay in the basement...hubby doesn't do well w/ bugs!!..at least not so close to the kitchen..
Yes, straw is fine. The wood chips are discouraged because of how they work. They say they are hard to get out of the sand too, but depending on your scoop, they should come out fine. If you missed my post a month ago, you can zip tie 1/4" hardware cloth to a pitch fork, and it becomes a huge litter scoop.
As far as removing the sand, some people don't remove it annually. It depends on how it looks/smells. If you are getting all (or most) of the poop out, you can possibly not have to change it. I won't say "ever", but the article said it had been a few years.
Anyone want a dog that just peed all over my bed? I stopped long enough to take care of the problem, so "just" is relative. I know it was an accident (he seemed really freaked out when it was happening) but I am tired. Re-making a bed is not what I want to do. Dealing with the sheets and comforter (I threw them in the tub for tonight) is not something I am looking forward to either.
So... I got a chicken magazine, freeze dried worms , a TSC gift card, 4 bags of feed, and 2 dozen new egg cartons for Christmas. Well... pajamas too. So I can be snuggly warm while I am in the coop! Anyone else get more chicken related gifts than personal?
I forget who asked, but dogfood is okay for the chickens. I see more things on "no cat food" than no dogfood on this site.