Cat Litter in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Irrintzina, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. Irrintzina

    Irrintzina Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a chicken tractor with 3 hens. The roost area has a sliding drawer that pulls out of the coop for cleaning.
    I am wondering if it is ok to put cat litter in the bottom of this drawer and then cover the litter with pine shavings. I clean the droppings every day.
    Is the litter a bad idea?
     
  2. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

    Jul 18, 2010
    Central Florida
    Is it the plain old cheap cat litter? I don't know for sure, but I would be worried about some of the newer stuff with chemicals in it that the chickens might ingest. If it was the clay cat litter I wouldnt think it was a bad idea, but I'm sure someone with more 'chicken sense' than I will chime in & set us both straight!
     
  3. Cargo

    Cargo Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. BWKatz

    BWKatz Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2010
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    easiest thing to do is forget litter & shavings, put linoleum in drawer. Once a day use putty knife or something similar and just scrape into compost heap or bucket.
     
  5. Irrintzina

    Irrintzina Out Of The Brooder

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    I am using the old cheap clay litter.
    Thanks for the input, I think I will find another option just in case. [​IMG]
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Why not just use shavings? It will work as well. And be simpler (don't have to deal with a whole nother separate material).

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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