Originally Posted by Naliez
I have a question for you guys! This is the shed we are going to use as a coop for our 3 big girls this winter. We live in NC, so there's a lot of humidity, but usually only a handful of days that get into the teens during the colder months. The problem I'm having right now, is that when it rains a lot, some water pools up in the shed. We need to move it, but there's no floor and the entire thing is bolted into the concrete. I don't know if I can get it moved in time. So, in the mean time, my thought was to put a layer or two of pallets inside and then plywood to create a floor, which I can then put a pretty thick layer of bedding down without it getting wet. I'm worried about the moisture though. The shed itself has two windows, but we are going to drill a couple more ventilation holes near the top and cover those with hardware cloth. THEN I thought, for the moisture that does leak in under the pallets, what about adding salt? Would that make a difference? They wouldn't be able to get to it because it would be under the makeshift floor. Does this sound like something that will work temporarily over the winter? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! TIA!
I don't know how much ventilation you have there, but you'll need more if you live where it's humid and you have that much water coming in....but this situation sounds perfect for some DL. If you manage it well, the pooling water could be of benefit for a working DL. You'd just have to have it pretty deep and with a variety of materials and particle sizes, but it would work GREAT for composting on that cement floor.
I'd look into some good DL materials and grow where you are planted, but I certainly wouldn't use sand....wet sand, add poop, stink and flies ensue, no drainage under the sand for dispersal of the poop fluids. With my DL, I intentionally provide ways for the water to come into the coop(rain, melting snow, etc.) to keep my DL working and composting along, so with your existing water supply in the floor in the form of this pooling, you have perfect conditions for composting. You just need some really great ventilation down at floor level, mid-level and up along the roof to accomplish it.
Here's a vid on DL and there's a good thread on it here on BYC as well: