Do you use sand or wood shavings in your coop? (MAP ON FIRST PAGE OF THREAD!!!)

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Intheswamp, May 28, 2016.

  1. Subartic/Artic - Sand

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Subartic/Artic - Wood Shavings

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Subartic/Artic - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Very Cold - Sand

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Very Cold - Wood Shavings

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  6. Very Cold - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Cold - Sand

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Cold - Wood Shavings

    4 vote(s)
    17.4%
  9. Cold - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. Mixed Humid - Sand

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  11. Mixed Humid - Wood Shavings

    5 vote(s)
    21.7%
  12. Mixed Humid - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  13. Mixed Dry - Sand

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  14. Mixed Dry - Wood Shavings

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  15. Mixed Dry - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Hot Dry - Sand

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  17. Hot Dry - Wood Shavings

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  18. Hot Dry - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  19. Hot Humid - Sand

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  20. Hot Humid - Wood Shavings

    1 vote(s)
    4.3%
  21. Hot Humid - bare floor...linoleum, wood, cement, dirt, etc.,

    2 vote(s)
    8.7%
  1. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,373
    103
    236
    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Please use this map to select your climate area, then select whether you use sand or wood shavings in your coop.
    [​IMG]

    I had planned on using the DLM (Deep Litter Method) but then got to reading about people using sand in their coops. Living in the hot and humid Deep South I'm wondering which would be better for me. There has probably already been a poll ran regarding this and if so then I apologize for being redundant. I'm just curious as to what people are using... Comments are welcome! :)

    Ed
     
  2. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    7,603
    451
    346
    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
    Voted! :)
     
  3. csaylorchickens

    csaylorchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    877
    46
    116
    Mar 8, 2015
    California
    My Coop
    Normally I do sand in the heat and pine in cold. I need to switch over here soon:). I always use pine in the nest boxes. But poop boards is what I rotate. Reduces flies to have sand or shavings on the poop board
     
  4. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Voted.... :)
     
  5. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,373
    103
    236
    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Thanks for voting ya'll. It doesn't look like the poll is taking off very well. Ten votes out of eighty-eight views so far. :) Ah well, so far the results are very one-sided. We'll see how it goes... ;)
     
  6. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

    7,603
    451
    346
    May 10, 2013
    I'll be in the barn!
    Maybe by posting here we'll bump it up so others see :)
     
  7. potato chip

    potato chip lunch-sharer

    oops, I voted in the poll before I scrolled down and saw your diagram. I hope I haven't skewed your results because I'm not in North America.
     
  8. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,378
    180
    156
    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    Oh well, just pick the climate that's closest to what you are in.
     
  9. Intheswamp

    Intheswamp Chillin' With My Peeps

    2,373
    103
    236
    Mar 25, 2009
    South Alabama
    Don't worry about it, glad to have your vote, pc. It's definitely not an exact, scientific poll...getting close is good enough!!! [​IMG]

    Thanks for voting!

    Ed
     
  10. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    35,882
    9,399
    656
    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Didn't vote because I use both in the 'cold' region.
    1/2" deep sand (and PDZ) in the roost boards sifted out every other day and pine shavings on the floor totally changed out once/twice a year.

    Sand as a main bedding seems wonderful, just scoop all those poops out-viola!.....
    ......but.....eventually it becomes saturated with pulverized poop 'dust' and when damp stinks to high heaven.
    Then whatcha gonna do with all that stinky sand?

    If very small coop, might work......or maybe in very arid climates.
     
    Last edited: May 31, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by