Coop floor

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Royce, Nov 24, 2010.

  1. Royce

    Royce New Egg

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    Am following a design in "small coops". It does not discuss the floor of the coop. What should I use - dirt, concrete, patio blocks or????? Thanks for all the help so far - it is appreciated.
     
  2. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:See my BYC page for pics of my Coop which has been in use for over 15 years with the Deep litter Method on a sub-ground level dirt floor. The composting litter adds heat during the winter and provides excellent fertilizer for the garden in the spring. Note: The composting litter does not touch wood, only the brick foundation and the dirt floor.
     
  3. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In the beginning I used pine shavings over the wood floor but then switched to river sand in my coop and run and it is fabulous...easy to clean, poo dries quickly with the addition of some DE.
     
  4. bmasters

    bmasters Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm a newbie and have seen the term DE used many times on this site. What exactly is DE referring to?

    Bill
     
  5. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

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    I think the blocks.
     
  6. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DE is Diatomaceous Earth, a natural insect repellent that keeps mights, lice, and fleas off your chickens.
     
  7. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Be sure to only use FOOD GRADE DE as others are caustic. Very important.
     
  8. bmasters

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    Thanks to all of you on this site . I'm in the process of building my coop and I'm learning more every day.

    Bill
     
  9. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is this food grade........
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    How much to throw down in a 8x8 coop/with pine shavings?
     
  10. melloladies

    melloladies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hm... I'm not sure I would trust that stuff. Have you tried your local feed store? I got mine there- a huge bag of it. Should specifically say food-grade.
     

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