Bare Dirt Floor??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Cookie's_Clucks, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. Cookie's_Clucks

    Cookie's_Clucks Out Of The Brooder

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    The floor in my coop is just dirt right now, do I need to put something else such as shavings/straw etc?
     
  2. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Yes. Either is fine. Straw can be messy but my girls prefer it over shavings. In reality, just about everything is in there right now. Leaves, pine needles, shavings, straw, whatever I have on hand. The bare floor will get messed up fast and nasty.
     
  3. lindseythefork

    lindseythefork Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you'll want something to aid in cleanup and keep the smell down. Otherwise, you're going to end up with a floor composed entirely of poop!
     
  4. stoneeater

    stoneeater Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine's dirt.
    My chickens seem happy.
    There is no smell (in a coop with no walls, wire only)
    I own litter scoopers.
     
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  5. creekrats

    creekrats Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine is bare dirt. About every three weeks to month we just go out with a rake and rake it out. And it doesn't smell bad. (I just made the comment last night to my husband that it was time to clean the coop again.)
     
  6. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

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    I find pelleted bedding (compacted sawdust in pellet form) to work great on dirt floors.
     
  7. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    It's up to you. I have a concrete floor in the coop and I use pine shavings. It's working out well. The run is 1/2 grass and 1/2 sand. I have a litter box scooper also, works great!
     
  8. stubbornhill

    stubbornhill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our coop/run is inside the barn, with a dirt floor. Inside the hen house, I have shavings, but inside the run that is inside the barn, which is where most of them roost, there is dirt. I smiply rake it out once a week. It isn't messy and it isn't smelly.
     
  9. jcatblum

    jcatblum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My guineas coop is a dirt floor, but not by choice. I add hay all the time. They move all the hay because they prefer dirt. So now when I am leaving them locked in their coop- like if I go out of town--- I add a bunch of hay to help with the smell but usually they only sleep in their coop. The dirt never appears to be poop filled. Just gets a little smelly if they spend a few days locked up.
     

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