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Best Coop Bedding??

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by JacksHomestead, Aug 8, 2015.

  1. Wood Shavings

    5 vote(s)
    11.6%
  2. Pine Shavings

    15 vote(s)
    34.9%
  3. Aspen Shavings

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Sand

    8 vote(s)
    18.6%
  5. Hay

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  6. Straw

    12 vote(s)
    27.9%
  7. Pea Gravel

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Pine Straw

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  9. Wood Pellets

    1 vote(s)
    2.3%
  10. Shredded Newspaper

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. sashanellie

    sashanellie Out Of The Brooder

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    We tried the shavings, but I am pretty sure my girls like hay the best. It's easy to clean because it's lightweight, can be picked up and the droppings fall to the floor to be shoveled out. Also, a little goes a long way as far as fluffiness in the nest boxes. The girls dig around in it and make everything perfect, then start all over the next day after I've cleaned and put some fresh handfuls in there. Also, it smells nice.
     
  2. JayJo

    JayJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm just using a couple inches deep of straight PDZ in my coop. One bag filled my tiny coop. It works great; easy to keep clean with a kitty litter scooper, and no smell whatsoever. My chicks are still so small that they sleep on the floor under the heater so really, the coop is functioning more like a brooder right now. Once they are using the roost I might add a poop tray and then put PDZ in there and use shavings + PDZ everywhere else.
     
  3. JacksHomestead

    JacksHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is if fine to have just pdz mixed with sand for coop floor or should i just mix it in with the shavings.
     
  4. loujeany

    loujeany Out Of The Brooder

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    I have PDZ in my poop tray and it works out good so far. A couple of them were even dust bathing in it
     
  5. JacksHomestead

    JacksHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But is it ok to make it the "bedding" in the coop and not just for in the poop tray??!!??
     
  6. JayJo

    JayJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use straight PDZ as the bedding, but I'm new to chickens and not sure you're really supposed to. I've been scouring this site and haven't really found a definitive answer. There are definitely people using sand + PDZ as the bedding. The Chicken Chick does it. You can do a search for "sand" on her site. I can't seem to post the link.
     
  7. JacksHomestead

    JacksHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks ill go check it out!![​IMG]
     
  8. Stephanie R

    Stephanie R Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use pine shavings in the coop, and cover part of their large extended run in local grass hay (the rest is green grass and dirt). Has worked fine for me so far. I'm new to chickens and have had them only since April, so we'll see how it works in our wet winter. I may switch to sand.
     
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2015
  9. JacksHomestead

    JacksHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes i think that pine shavings are a good option but i think that having sand and PDZ mixture so i could just scoop out the poop with a cat litter scoop and not have to throw out all the shavings when i clean but i think that i would switch to shavings come winter time!
     
  10. Stephanie R

    Stephanie R Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jack, my coop is fairly small and very easy to keep clean. My husband thinks I'm nutty, but I pick up the poop every evening in the coop and the extended run. Just use a glove or a plastic bag over my hand and into the waste bucket. Takes a couple of minutes, and my girls like to follow me around discussing the busy and exciting day they had.
     

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