1. fostermom55

    fostermom55 Chirping

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    I have maybe a dumb question! Why do you need bedding under a roost. My chickens go in their coop to lay eggs or roost. In the morning I scrape the floor clean. What would the purpose of bedding on the floor be when they don't sleep in it to keep warm like other animals?
     
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  2. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    It helps keeps the coop dry by helping to dry out the droppings. This also helps keep the smell down. It is perhaps more accurately "litter" than "bedding." Additionally if you are using your chickens for compost the greens and browns are better balanced if you have chicken poop plus pine shavings or straw etc.

    If you scrape the floor or droppings board daily and are not composting, then perhaps litter is not necessary.
     
  3. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    Good question! My nests are under the roosts, and sometimes eggs will get laid under the nests, so of course I want litter under under there. Whatever works for you, I guess! ;)
     
  4. fostermom55

    fostermom55 Chirping

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    I have alpaca and hay, straw and rabbit droppings to add to our growing compost pile!
     
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  5. fostermom55

    fostermom55 Chirping

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    So in drying the droppings, does this mean it helps keep the air in the coop better for them to breathe
     
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  6. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

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    Yes.
    It also in keeping moisture down helps prevent frostbite.

    My big birds certainly appreciate the cushion when they hop off the roosts every morning too. ;)
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    It will if you have good ventilation.
     
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  8. BigBlueHen53

    BigBlueHen53 Crowing

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    BYC is so smart! I love the "hive brain!" And here all these years I have just kept litter on the floor of my coop because "that's the way it's always been done!" :lau
     

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