Ground of the Chicken Coop, Pine Shavings, Saw Dust or Just Soil?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Habib Ikram, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. Habib Ikram

    Habib Ikram Out Of The Brooder

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    Instead of Saw Dust or Pine Shavings, can I just put my coop on the soil of the garden? So that the chickens can just poop on the soil and i can just switch the soil.
     
  2. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't really matter, but if you have a garden it would be better for just soil so that you can use the manure as fertilizer. :thumbsup
     
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  3. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even with coops with dirt floors (like mine), it is always better to have some type of organic litter on the floor. Litter works like a baby's diaper and for the same reason. Without litter (bare soil), you can expect a nasty, smelly mess.

    The litter used can be a variety of things like wood shavings, pine needles, tree leaves, hay, straw, etc. but there should be some and the deeper you can make it, the better. Start with 6 inches with hopes of building it to about a foot.

    That litter, once fully saturated with the droppings then becomes a potent adjunct to your garden areas. Organic matter plus a high dose of nitrogen.
     
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  4. birdwrangler057

    birdwrangler057 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, I always sprinkle a little hay over the bare ground in my coop to stick to the poop. :)
     

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