Coop bedding??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by storms02, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. storms02

    storms02 New Egg

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    I am trying to get a good idea for the bedding in my coop. I am currently using pine shavings but I have hurd of using sand. What are your suggestions. Thanks
     
  2. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure. I'm sitting on the same fence.....
     
  3. TheJuan-n-Only

    TheJuan-n-Only Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used sand....it's awesome!!!! Gor a large kitty litter scooper and sccop the poop out! [​IMG]
     
  4. weeders n feeders

    weeders n feeders Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm loving the sand! Easy to clean, no waste- poop can go straight to the compost or bucket of water for liquid fertilizer. No heavy shoveling of shavings and since I generally have more leaves than my compost bin can manage I don't add more dry matter to the compost frm the shavings. Also sand lasts longer.
     
  5. mcjweb

    mcjweb Out Of The Brooder

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    I think it would be the size of the flock and coop that determines the choice. I have twenty and would constantly be scooping the sand. i use wood shavings and clean out trays, so that I can wait between cleanings. Good Luck
     
  6. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When you use sand, when you DO change it, what do you do with the sand? Does it compost?
     
  7. KristyHall

    KristyHall Overrun With Chickens

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    since I compost their poop for the garden I use straw, or plain shredded newspaper (No colored ink though) some people use shredded leaves but I have never tried it. If you use hay, straw or grass clippings the chickens will nibble on it which shouldn't hurt them but it means you'll have to add more sooner

    Welcome to byc storms02 and maizy'smom! I hope you enjoy it here [​IMG]
     
  8. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, Kristy! I've been reading and learning from so many folks here on BYC.
     
  9. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use Grass Hay and just keep adding more. The ground is my floor in the Hen House.

    pam in TX
     
  10. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    I use pine shavings. don't use hay as you may end up with crop problems from them eating it.........
     

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