Best floor/bedding material

biscuit7

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 25, 2015
36
7
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Missouri
I am looking for an alternative bedding/flooring solution in my chicken house. The chickens like roosting in the rafters so they poop all over the straw on the floor. It doesn't take long before it's nasty. To be honest I don't change it often enough (2.5 and 4 month old make it difficult) and I'm tired of buying straw bales that grt nasty fast. I want a better option for my hens. Preferably something not expensive. :) Anyone have any advice? Thank you!
 

ChickNanny13

Crossing the Road
7 Years
Jun 23, 2013
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The Big Island/Hawaii
I would suggest Poop Boards under roosts but rafters, not sure it's feasible, sure saves on clean time. I have shavings (Rose Bud) on my dirt ground floor, just keep adding (DLM) as need, use tongs to pick up the big stuff & ferment feed (less poop, firmer poop & not stinky ... part of the benefits).

Edited: Coolbreeze89 :hugs PDZ in the poop board is great too
 

Compost King

Free Ranging
Apr 19, 2018
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Salisbury, North Carolina
I use straw and when I see Poop accumulate I put straw over it... wood chips work just as well. Clean it out every late april or early May which works out great as it gets deep it generates heat. Its not why I picked April/May, I have a composting schedule to keep. If I did strictly on a chicken schedule I would clean it out the first warm day in spring since a deep litter coop floor generates heat.

I have also had chickens that roosted on Rafters... about 60 of them at that time, if I went into the coop I had to worry about raining Poop lol. Sometimes I would go in and fill feeders or collect eggs after dark... I would look up with a flash light and try to pick out a path based on Vent movement lol.
 

biscuit7

Chirping
5 Years
Jul 25, 2015
36
7
89
Missouri
Thanks for all the advice so far! I definitely would love to have poop boards (can I say that?? Haha) however my hens jump down from the rafters and I wouldn't want them colliding with them. We have blocked off part of the rafters over the food and water to help limit poop in those. I've thought of doing that with the rest of the rafters and just having them use the lower roosting boards. Here's a picture of my coop. This is an old pic but the only things that have changed are the water and hanging food have been moved over to the left.
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