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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gene22222222, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. gene22222222

    gene22222222 In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2015
    NewBrunswick Canada
    I seem to be having a dampness problem in my chicken coop. Its a 8 x 8 coop with an 8
    x8 run. I have 20 chickens. and use straw and pine shavings on the floor.The floor always seems to be damp and I change it often. Does anyone know what the problem would be. Thanks

  2. Wonky Woods

    Wonky Woods In the Brooder

    Oct 10, 2015
    North Jersey
    Wow 20 chickens sounds like a lot to me. I have six hens in a 4 X 6 coop with a 9 foot x 20 foot run plus the underneath of the coop and still think that's to small for my girls... I gave up after three days with pine shavings in the coop. There was no way to keep it clean. I cleaned it every day. I've since switched over to using sand and pdz in the coop. The girls and I love it! Wow what a difference cleaning the coop it has been. I just use a kitty litter coop on an extended stick. Takes me maybe two minutes a day to clean.
    I'm new to raising chickens and want nothing more than to keep my girls dry and clean.
    Do you have lots of ventilation above your girls when they roost for the night? Poop trays under the roosting boxes? Windows to open during the daytime?
  3. holm25

    holm25 Jr Chicken Wrangler

    Apr 6, 2014
    Do u have a run?? I recommend leaving your waterers in the run if u already aren't. I also Would put up poop boards under the roosts and that will keep the moisture down too. It seems like your coop is a little full that can be an issue sometimes with bullying.
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    Sounds like over crowding may be part of the problem. How much ventilation does the coop have? I have 6 chickens, a 8' x 18' (8' X 9' for chickens, other 1/2 is storage) coop and a 8' x 16' run. We also use pine shavings with no problems. There is a poopboard filled with PDZ under the roost which helps absorb moisture from the droppings.
  5. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    How deep are your straw and pine shavings?
  6. gene22222222

    gene22222222 In the Brooder

    Jun 29, 2015
    NewBrunswick Canada
    Straw and pine shavings about 3 inches deep
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Pic of coop please?
    Probably just too many birds in too small a space with not enough ventilation.

    What is your climate?
    Putting your location in your profile can help folks give better answers/suggestions.

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