40 yr old solidified poop coop floor......dig it out? Or add on top?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tari, May 26, 2019.

  1. tari

    tari In the Brooder

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    Hi, I'm new to BYC. I've cleaned out our inherited 11' x 9' chicken coop which is a barn bump out.
    I removed all the old hay, shavings, top layer of dirt. Under the dirt is solidified ancient poop/soil.
    Do I need to remove this before I add shavings, hay? I'm going to try the DLM with sweet PDZ. I'm undecided about using Food Grade DE after reading all the posts here. I do plan to use the litter in the compost. Anyone know if 40 yr old dried chicken poop will be harmful for the new flock?
    Thanks in advance.
     
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  2. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

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    My grand father had healthy chickens that free ranged the property. A lot of the time they scratched in among the fresh and ageing manure pile out side the stable or barn for the cows.
    I am sure what ever you decide will work out just fine.
     
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  3. mowin

    mowin Songster

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    40 yrs old? Dig it out and use it in the garden.

    But isn't going to hurt the birds. They will probably help you excavate it. Lol
     
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  4. tari

    tari In the Brooder

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    Thanks Mowin and Hokum Coco. I did dig a lot of it and put it in the compost....I'll take your advice and leave the rest there, flatten it a bit and add the new stuff.
     
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  5. miguelitro

    miguelitro Songster

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    Really no sense in flattening it out as the chickens will landscape it as they see fit.

    Mike
     
  6. BirdsBeesTrees

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    If you did want it out... just saying... I wet it down with water so I can scrape it out clean. :)
     
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  7. Yeah. I'm squeamish about it. I removed mine!
     
  8. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    :welcome :frow I would dig it out and put it in your compost and start fresh with your new birds. It appears you have a good plan. Good luck and have fun...
     
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  9. BigBlueHen53

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    Wow, that would be AWESOME on the garden, I bet!
     
  10. But I also admit we are putting in a floor over the dirt.
     

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