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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MotherOfChickens, Oct 31, 2018.
Sounds like you've got a good plan now! Take pictures of your conversion to show off later.
Haha! Will do!
I don’t use dirt or raised. (Obviously there is dirt underneath) but I use sand. Easy to clean and sanitary
I am looking to do DLM
have you seen this thread? If you are looking into doing the DLM then take a look at the article!https://www.backyardchickens.com/ar...st-way-to-deal-with-chicken-litter-dlm.47740/
My coop is on an old broken concrete floor, so not exactly dirt, but it shares some of the same advantages. It's walk-in! Deep bedding works, and with a good predator-proof skirt, nothing gets in underneath. Nobody lives under it. The wood floor isn't an added expense that will rot out and be chewable.
DLM sounds like it would be more work than sand... My coop, nest boxes, and run are all sand. I scoop in the morning and once in the afternoon (just because I’m out there anyway watching chicken tv). Easey peasey.
Will you share photos of them with me?
I'm down to (ONLY!) 46 chickens for the winter, and have no interest in daily poop scooping. It may make sense for some, but not for a flock, so deep bedding, and semi-annual cleanout has been my method for decades.
It's a choice between intensive poo management, and having a desert climate to manage the issues with damp stinky sand, or deep litter that the birds enjoy turning over every day.
Whew! I've only got fifteen in the coop and half of them are only thirteen weeks old (so smaller poops)!! I don't mind scooping and the sand does stay dry, so it's like what i'd imagine a litter box is like. Plus, I have a lot of zeolite mixed in which keeps things drier.