Do they really need bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by aoxa, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. jeria

    jeria Songster

    May 5, 2017
    Independence MO
    Expensive shavings!! They at $4.00-6.00 a bag here depending on where you buy them and if they have a special and 1 compressed bag covers a lot of space. Pet store prices??
  2. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I will toss this out there.
    Linoleum is slippery. I do not like my hens hitting just hard floor when getting off the roost.
    I want some cushion for those legs when they land.
    Size of coop? 8x14.
    #of birds in that coop varies. I tend to keep about 2 dozen in that one. The smaller coop is 6x8 and has 14 juveniles right now. Most will be moving to the big house soon.

    Oh and I do a half clean method. I scoop out under the roosts, shove what I did not scoop to under the roosts. It takes one bag of shavings to replenish the now cleaned out main area.
    I only have to do this twice a month.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2017
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  3. xcalibor67

    xcalibor67 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2017
    Mine has 1'4 foam padding and some type of texture, not this from my dad but will ask where he found it...My roosts are about 24" off the floor.. Please dont get me wrong, its not that i cant afford shavings, and if i feel they were needed, i surely would buy/use them...1st thing i learned at BYC is that whats meets one persons needs may not meet yours..
  4. xcalibor67

    xcalibor67 Chirping

    Apr 28, 2017
    To me, the ideal flooring would be to have a concrete slab with enough 1/8 weep holes in the bottom, 3" raised sides filled with sand...Might be a good project for me to start on lol..Not to mention it would give me a reason to use the bobcat to tear this one down.
  5. Revan

    Revan Songster

    Jul 3, 2017
    Modoc County, California
    I use grass hay for my chickens. I have to buy it anyway ($8 a bale) as I have other livestock that eat it, and my hens absolutely love it. I find it's pretty absorbent, they love to nest in it, and I think they even eat it. The small bits and pieces anyway. Never have had any problems with it and I only need to use a few pounds of it and it lasts for a couple months. I've only have ever had bad experiences with wood shavings so I stay a mile away from it.
  6. ben0125

    ben0125 Songster

    Lucky you, shavings cost around $30NZD ($21USD) in New Zealand, That is for a big bag though.

    RNPAULIE69 Songster

    May 27, 2017
    What a 1x6 inside door on the floor? That would keep them from kicking it out
  8. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Crowing

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    It took me 68 years to arrive at that same conclusion!

    I have gone with a 2" grid (wire gauge near the size of a pencil to support my weight) over my coop floor. Similar to what is pictured below with 4"x4"x4" cubed blocks stationed underneath the grid on top of a tarp to form a drop pit it worked excellent all summer and I cleaned the coop before winter set in and things freeze solid. The grid even keeps your chickens feet cleaner which in turn keeps your eggs and nest boxes less soiled. I live in Canada and am subject to -40ยบ temperatures. [​IMG] Clean up is simple replace the tarp with a second one. Spread the first tarp out in the sun to bake and dry. Then flex the first tarp over the compost bin and hose off any stubborn chicken poop.

    Easy Peasy Japaneasy.
    Last edited: Jan 8, 2018

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