~*Coop bedding options*~

  1. ChickenLover200
    What are the options for coop bedding? I only know a few and who knows, they might be the only ones.

    At the moment, I use pine and aspen shavings. I've heard lots of negative comments about these, however, I have never had a problem with them. I am debating switching to sand but I am not sure if this will work.

    So, leave a comment with what YOU use for bedding in your coops, how often you have to clean it out, etc.
    If you would like, I will put your responses in my article and give you credit.
    :)

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  1. Brookliner
    I use sand in the run and HiFiber Gold horse fodder with PDZ sprinkled over it in my nest boxes and as bedding on my coop floor. The advantage to the HiFiber Gold is that it is a chopped hay product that is heat processed to kill any mold. It breaks down and when I do my annual cleaning I just compost it. I stir it up weekly and any poop that is in it dries up easily because of the PDZ I have sprinkled over it. I rake the run weekly and compost any poop or feathers I rake up. All and all I am very pleased as are my hens. My thanks to coolcanoechick on BYC for turning my on to this great bedding option. I also use poop trays under my roosts which I scoop daily to remove and compost the nights worth of poop. Thanks to jbher on BYC for this great idea.
  2. ChickenLover200
    that is one of the main reasons I've thought of switching to sand. Might cut down on some of the dust (also moisture around the drinkers and doorway to the run)
  3. Mountain Peeps
    I would recommend pine shavings. They're cheap and provide a comfy, safe bedding. They do create a lot of dust which can be annoying though.
  4. ChickenLover200
    Thanks both of you for your comments. Both have helpful info. I am curious if sand will be best for my coop. I think i will try it once i use up my shavings. We have a lot of mud/moisture in the run and i am thinking the sand will be just the thing we need to dry up the coop a bit.
  5. JacksHomestead
    Both options have pros and cons. The shavings work but you have to throw all of it away frequently (unless you are using the deep litter method) this can be a waste of money in the long run if you have to get rid of it all whenever it gets soiled. While sand can just be sifted of the poo and your done, most people have problems when they don't clean it on a regular basis. You can used PDZ in with the sand and i've heard this reduces the smell and dries it up quickly. For me i use shavings right now because its cheap at the moment and i have a LOT of it. I might switch back to sand its just that i didn't like the daily scooping to keep it clean...
    I'm just rambling buut I had to give my 2 cents!!
  6. JacksHomestead
    I have used sand and shavings! In my experience the sand did dry out the droppings and i just used a kitty litter scoop to do spot cleaning here and there. The shavings worked as well because i could just put the used shavings in the compost to be be put back on the garden. IMO both are good options it just depends on personal preference. If you cant decide just try both and see what you like and works best.
    Good Luck with your choice.
  7. Chicken Girl1
    I use Pine shavings and I always have :). You could also use straw, I've heard a lot of bad things about sand and hay (if you don't clean it out very often) though but I've never had it so I can't give any personal advice.

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