So talk to me about substrate. What kind of bedding do YOU use in your coop. Some people use sand, pine chips, straight up dirt etc in their coop. My concern with pine chips is 1) cost 2) clean up 3) a giant compost pile full of almost nothing but pine chips. Sand seems good. But I am concerned about how easy it is to clean...straight dirt seems like the worst option as the poop builds up and I would step in major bad. And the run currently is dirt- I do not want to line that with sand but nor a bunch of chips. Leave the dirt? I have read all over BYC on this. There is no clear choice. You guys share my climate so I thought I would ask what you all do. TY :D
I use pine shavings in the coop. I have seen people putting tubs under the roosts, so the chickens poop into it at night. They then dump the pans into the compost bin. If you use the pans, you won't have to change the pine shavings too much. I have a wooden floor with linoleum in my coop. Yours with a dirt floor can use sand and the tubs.
The post I read said to use plastic shoe boxes from the dollar store.
I will be interested in seeing what you set up
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