Originally Posted by KDOGG331
I was a little behind on changing the coop <snip> then a really thick layer of pine shavings over all of that, used the entire bag between the nest boxes and coop floor.
Just want to mention that you might prefer to use the deep litter method in which basically you only ever have to clean out the coop once or twice a year at most. In warmer areas possibly not even have to do it once a year because the composting action of the deep litter is not so slowed down by cold temps during the winter (this was my experience in New Orleans). You can search BYC for "deep litter" for more information. Basically it involves using a lot more pine shavings all at once so that you have 12" of litter on the floor (mixed with plenty of DE, yes). The deep litter basically composts the droppings in place (you stir the heavy dropping areas once a week or so) and creates a probiotic environment which keeps the chickens healthier and happier, with the huge added bonus of far less work with far less smell, flies, and ultimately, expense. Periodically add more pine shavings as they break down.