Cockleshell flooring

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dwileigh, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. dwileigh

    dwileigh New Egg

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    Hi All,

    I've actively followed this site for a few years now but this is my first post as normally all the answers I need have been found.

    My question is one I see talked about regularly, flooring materials.

    This will be for the outside area around the coop itself. Due to the crazy amount of water we have had over this winter I have too much standing water around the coop area and have been thinking of the best way to introduce a natural draining system whilst also remaining friendly to my birds. I have a slate path that the birds love to play on, scratch around and also lie on to get the heat from the sun, it's also free draining, I had been thinking of layering this around the coop.
    This morning I stumbled across cockleshell mulch, basically used cockleshells instead of slate/chippings.

    Now I'm thinking hard wearing, easily cleaned, free draining, good for scratching and as they break up extra shell for the birds to eat.

    Anybody have any thoughts on this or has anybody used this as a flooring for their birds in the past?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC - if you have an abundant supply, give the cockleshells a try.
     
  3. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. I agree with Sourland - use whats at hand - why not?

    CT
     
  4. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    It sounds like a good idea to me!
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    go for it [​IMG]
     
  6. sunny & the 5 egg layers

    sunny & the 5 egg layers Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! :frow
     
  7. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  8. dwileigh

    dwileigh New Egg

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to have to purchase whatever I use. I was looking at bulk bags and just stumbled across this and thought it a good option.
     
  9. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

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    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to join the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Good luck with your endeavors.
     
  10. MBK Farm

    MBK Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello and welcome. The cockleshell idea sounds interesting. I don't think it would hurt anything to give it a try. Enjoy your birds! [​IMG]
     

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