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  1. SueD

    SueD Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi, we are almost done making a coop out of a shed. What does everyone reccomend we use on the floor? shavings or woody pet? or just leave it wood? also, what should we put in the nesting boxes? hay?

    Thanks
    soon to be new chicken owners.
    Sue and Mark:)
     
  2. merryreader

    merryreader Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use pine shavings for the floor and the nest boxes. I keep them clean and change all of it when the odor starts to build up. Do not wait for the ammonia odor. Once a month is minimal in hot weather. merry
     
  3. SueD

    SueD Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you very much. I will get some shavings. I hope our chicken house comes out as nice as some of them I saw on this board. We bought an 8 x 10 shed and hubby has been building it and adding things like vents and a nesting row with boxes.
     
  4. aran

    aran Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2007
    rochester ny
    i use shavings also...which reminds me, its time to clean em out!
     
  5. SueD

    SueD Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi again friends,

    I have another dumb question for the board. Should I paint the floor of my chicken coop? or leave it bare and just put shavings on it?

    Thanks
    Sue
     
  6. MTchick

    MTchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If your floor is OSB (the big-flake looking plywood substitute), it might be a good idea to paint it with a few coats of water resistant paint. That could cut down on the floor degrading over time- OSB sucks up water like a sponge.

    Otherwise, I'd say no paint for just about any other material. No need for it, and it will be under shavings anyway.

    -MTchick
     
  7. SueD

    SueD Out Of The Brooder

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    Ah well, he put a regular plywood floor down first, then that junky stuff to reinforce, so yes, I have that, and I WILL paint it. thank you so much for the tip!

    Sue
     

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