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Coop Floors?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lipkis, Apr 25, 2007.

  1. Lipkis

    Lipkis Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    Okay! Mom and I finally have a cop for our little guys and a run for them. We're just waiting for them to come so we can put it up.

    But we have a question!

    It says that we're supposed to put litter down there on the floor. Now, we're guessing that's not cat litter or trash. So, what exactly are we supposed to use?
  2. nikkimay

    nikkimay Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Pacific NW
    You can use wood shavings (but NOT cedar). Some people also like sand, and/or hay/straw.

    I used to use wood shavings, but have mostly been using hay lately. I also use 'care fresh' bedding for their nesting boxes.
  3. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.
    We use pine bedding but for the first couple of days we put paper towels on top of the pine bedding so the chicks wouldn't get confused on which was their food and which was their bedding. After a few days, we just didn't lay paper towels down and they did fine. In our coop we have the pine bedding and hay.
  4. bigzio

    bigzio Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 20, 2007
    Lipkis, Pine shavings are purchased at the farm stores. They are sold in large plastic bags, that are referred to as bales. One goes a long way. Place several inches on the coop floor and replace when your nose says so.[​IMG]

  5. daubernut

    daubernut Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 27, 2007
    We use wood shavings. Easier to clean up and breaks down quicker for compost in the garden.
    We did try straw/hay and it was brutal to remove in the spring when we mucked out the coop.
  6. Lipkis

    Lipkis Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    We've been using corn cob--its safe for the chickens and acts like kitty litter without the dust. Is it okay for us to use that?

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