cages: shavings v. wire

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bantamboy93, Dec 5, 2011.

  1. bantamboy93

    bantamboy93 Chirping

    Jun 22, 2011
    Ok. I've never before actually seen anyone with cages that didn't have wire bottoms before. Until recently when i've seen y'all posting pics of breeder/show pens. My idea of a cage is one that has a wire bottom for the poop to fall down. For those of you who use a solid bottom with a layer of shavings, how much of a pain is it to change out shavings??? My thinking would be that it'd be an aggravation to constantly have to change out pine shavings.

  2. Nonny

    Nonny Songster

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    Poop does not fall through a wire bottomed cage. Poop can be as big as an egg, and what happens it that it gunks up on the wire, get trod on by the chooks, and eventually gets pushed through the wire onto the ground below by the hens walking on it. Not so bad with "normal" poop, but those cecal ones are horrid tarry things that are really hard to clean off wire once they dry. I have a poop tray under the roosts, lined with a few sheets of newspaper. Each day or two I go out and roll up the top sheet (poop included) and chuck it in the compost bin.

    I have pine shavings in the rest of the coop but my birds are never shut in there and head straight out into the run when they wake up so all their poop tends to be out there instead.
  3. ozark_chickies

    ozark_chickies Songster

    Jun 19, 2011
    Quote:It is not hard at all with a good shop vac. I also have two that the bottoms come off of, and I carry them out to the garden and dump them.

    edited to add: Take the chickens out before you turn the vac on.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2011
  4. bleith

    bleith Songster

    Aug 10, 2010
    West Dundee IL
    I use shavings and mix in DE to help dry out poop. I mix it around real good every other day or so and completely replace every couple of months. I've a small roosting coop for four birds and works real well for me

  5. beach livin'

    beach livin' Songster

    Sep 21, 2011
    i havent had a problem at all with my straw. i just reach in and pull it all out into the wheelbarrow. im doing a semi dlm. and will change it all out in the spring.

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