Concrete floor - no bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by msnell, Jan 5, 2016.

  1. msnell

    msnell New Egg

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    Hey all!
    We transformed an old dog run into a coop. It's a concrete slab, totally predator proof, 20x12, we have 22 chickens and they free range all day. I live on 2 acres and its fenced. Right now (and for the past 4 months) I haven't put down any bedding, just the concrete. My flock don't seem to mind, and since we live in central FL its rarely cold. I spray out the coop every morning, only under their roosts. Their feeder and nest boxes are also in the coop.
    My question is : is bedding necessary? If they're only in there to sleep/lay? If it is necessary, what would be the most cost effective for a coop my size + the amount of chickens we have?
    Thank you all in advance for any help you can give me [​IMG]
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    With the set up you're describing, I don't see bedding as necessary. Your concrete is acting as one large poop board and as long as you can hose it off I think you should be good. If for any reason they're needing to be confined to that area, I'd look into putting some bedding down.
     
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  3. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, to donrae's post. The only thing I can think of though is it being hard on their feet and hard on them when they hop down from their roost. Is their roost low to the ground? They need cushioning for landing.

    Most cost effective bedding...dry leaves from your own property. I use pine shavings, $5.00 for a big bag and I go through about 1 per month.

    My birds also free range and live in a coop that is 7x18 at night in a coop with a cement floor.
     
  4. msnell

    msnell New Egg

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    Ah thanks so much. Our roost is 4 tiered, the highest being 4' off the ground. They hop down from one tier to the next until they're at the ground. So the farthest they drop is about a foot.
    If we end up keeping them in there, I'd definitely use leaves from my yard, thanks for the advice @donrae @bridebeliever
     
  5. Folly's place

    Folly's place Chicken Obsessed

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    I think that shavings, leaves, and stuff makes for a better surface for the birds. They will have better footing, and more scratching time, so a less industrial life. Mary
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Gotta wonder how spraying the floor under the roost with water will work in the long run.......
    ....where does the poopy water go?
     
  7. msnell

    msnell New Egg

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    Haha, valid @aart
    Theres a drain runoff behind the coop that slopes downward into an area that waits to be collected for my compost. It actuakly works pretty well!
    The only downside is having to spray the coop out daily. But it only takes about 5 min, so it could be worse! [​IMG]
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Well, I guess it's often wet in Fla anyway....but wet and chicken manure = Big Stink.
     

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