cat litter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jonbanks, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. jonbanks

    jonbanks Songster

    Aug 12, 2008
    can i put cat litter in my coop or how bout srinkle baking soda in my chicken coop im not buy D E thats too expensive!
  2. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    I wouldn't, I would be afraid they would peck and eat at it. Would cause their crops to impact quickly.

    Try Dry Stall or Sweet PDZ mixed in with pine shavings.
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    You might contact 'spatcher'. He's a BYC member. He sells DE at a very reasonable rate.
  4. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Once cat litter gets wet (at least the clay type) you'll be sorry you used it! [​IMG]
  5. hoosier

    hoosier Songster

    I use it under the roosts (non-clumping kind) to dry the droppings, but it is completely enclosed by fencing so they can't get into it.
    One of the stall products I looked at contained the same ingredient, just ground finely.
  6. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    If you are going to use cat litter in your coop I would suggest that you use only the "Worlds Best Cat Litter". Available at Pet Co, Pet Smart, and other pet supply stores.
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    Are you having some type of problem in your coop that you are trying to solve? Or is it just that you think you are supposed to use something else in the litter? Although some people choose to add things to their litter, none of those products are necessary in a coop, although DE can be useful if you are treating an active case of external parasites.

    Other than that, problems with litter in a coop are usually due to not using enough litter, using a litter that's not absorbent enough, or needing to clean out or add more litter, depending on whether or not you are using the deep litter method.

    It would help to know what problem you're trying to resolve.
  8. Michigan Chickman

    Michigan Chickman Songster

    Jul 11, 2008
    SW Michigan
    I tried Dry Stall for the first time a couple weeks ago and it is wonderful. Keeps the bedding dry and really cuts down on the aroma! and I only used 3-4 cups! I got mine at TSC, a 24# bag was about $9.
  9. I'd be nervous about impacted crop, especially with the clumping cat litter...
  10. Picky Chicky

    Picky Chicky Songster

    Sep 22, 2008
    Holly Grove, VA
    What does DE stand for? I asked Southern States if they carried it and the lady just sat and looked at me as if I just popped out a third eye! [​IMG]

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