Best bedding for coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by equinelyn, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chirping

    Jun 4, 2011
    Southern York County
    What is the best type of bedding in your chicken coop? We keep straw on the floor and pine shavings in the nesting boxes.

    What do you use?
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    I do it the other way around, as a rule -- I find my hens don't kick the hay our of nests, and pine on the floor absorbs odor better.

    I've read of so many things people use -- whatever dry veggie refuse is available, rice hulls, corn cob shavings, pine straw, dry leaves, all sorts of things. Along with sand and shredded paper.
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I use pine shavings in the nest boxes and on the floor in the deep litter method. If the nest box shavings start to look worn I just push them out onto the floor & replace them. I clean out the whole coop about 2 to 3 times a year and compost the shavings & manure to use on my gardens.

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