Bedding for coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Silkiehen, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am almost done building the coop! It is a dirt floor and I don't want the deep litter idea! I was thinking about saw dust shavings or regular shavings. I will have around 20 chickens in there. It also has a run attached. Any ideas welcome!
     
  2. missnatalie

    missnatalie Out Of The Brooder

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    What about straw
     
  3. cmonkey4

    cmonkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In my opinion, pine shavings are best. They are cheap, have little dust, and are very absorbent.
     
  4. AngryRooster

    AngryRooster Out Of The Brooder

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    Pine shavings are great! Sand works too, though I wouldn't recommend it during the rain season.
     
  5. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It wont hurt if they eat a few? They will be ready to go into the coop in a few weeks!
     
  6. cmonkey4

    cmonkey4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are over 2 weeks, they shouldn't eat the bedding.
     
  7. soratos

    soratos Out Of The Brooder

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    Even my older girls eat the pine shaving a little bit. I haven't had a problem ever with impaction. My current 4 chicks have been on pine shavings since we brought them home.
     
  8. Silkiehen

    Silkiehen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, Thank you!
     
  9. EmeraldSkye

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    Do you live near a rice-producing area of the country? I'm in California and am able to purchase rice hulls. I love it in the coop. I can sift out the poop using a regular cat littler scooper if I choose. In the covered part of the run I'm using pine shavings, and I put out a flake of hay in the uncovered part for them to scratch through and find the wheat seed heads. The hay also protects their feet from getting muddy if it rains.
     

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