# How many bags of shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 4 Love of Baby Chickens, Nov 12, 2011.

1. ### 4 Love of Baby ChickensChillin' With My Peeps

I have a 10' by 20' coop for 19 chickens. I winterized the run with 2 sheets of 7 mil plastic. It feels so much warmer in there. I still need to cover the top part of the coop with plastic to keep the blowing snow, rain, and wind out. After that I am gonna try the DLM.

But how many bags of shavings will I need to cover my coop and maybe run with 6 inches of the DLM? I need answers soon. I don't when we'll be getting snow. The weather is pointing towards a rough winter.

2. ### ChickpeepChillin' With My Peeps

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I have a coop that is 4' x 8' floor space. I used one bale of shavings to cover it 6 - 7 " deep. You'll have to do the math from there. In my mind I see it sectioned into about 6 of mine so 6 bales of shavings for a 20 x 10 coop? How does that sound. If you want it deeper then more bales. Your Girls will love you for it.

3. ### GAchickChillin' With My Peeps

Apr 29, 2009
Pembroke GA
You can always throw more in there, if what you put down doesn't seem enough, or as it gets a little smelly...

4. ### dbcooper02Chillin' With My Peeps

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Your 10 by 20 coop is 200 sq ft. To cover the floor 6 inches (one half foot) deep would require 100 cubic feet of shavings.
Most bales I have seen fluff up to make 10 cubic feet. Thus it will take 10 bales of shavings.

5. ### 4 Love of Baby ChickensChillin' With My Peeps

I was planning on blocking off their favorite dust bathing area with some boards so they can still dust bathe in dirt instead of shavings and such. That will be around a 3' by 5' area off from the coop space.

So I guess I need around 7 bags of shavings. Do I need 6 inches of shavings? Would 4 inches be enough?

6. ### SC_HughChillin' With My Peeps

May 23, 2009
Santa Cruz, CA
DLM works best for me when I start off with 3-4" of shavings and wait until those are getting soiled and then push all of that soiled stuff under the roost and section off from the other clean 1/3 of the floor space and then I add another bag to the empty side near the nest boxes. Then, occasional stirring and adding DE to the mix. Handfuls of scratch thrown around and that is usually good for 5-6 months.

Start off with 4-5 large bags and see what that looks like, add more in a few months.

7. ### reksatChillin' With My Peeps

Mar 7, 2011
western,MD
I have a 5x8 coop and since the completion of our coop in July, we have only used about 3/4 of a bag of shavings while doing the DLM with our 8 chics. I just replenish with a topping of shavings after stirring the litter up and so far this has been working great for us.I guess it would be what works best for you imo. Hope this helped.

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