How much pine shavings to start?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by gritsar, Mar 4, 2008.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Can anyone tell me how many cubic feet of pine shavings it would take to start in an 8 x 8 ft. chicken coop? I want to do the DLM. If I understand the method correctly I want to start with about 6 inches of pine shavings? Is there a formula to figure it?
     
  2. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    What flooring do you have?

    I have a dirt floor and just threw in a bag full of shavings.... my coop is HUGE it didn't cover the whole floor - but it did pretty good, I don't think it matters much how deep it is if you have dirt.
    (my coop is 20X8)
     
  3. s6bee

    s6bee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't think you need 6". Probably 3-4" to start. I have a small tractor so I can't use that much anyway. To start two bags should be good, maybe 3.
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:I am going to search for some remnant linoleum for the floor. Gonna start with an 8 X 8 coop; knowing I'll have to be adding on.
     
  5. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The shavings I buy are in a compressed bale at the feed store. They are called Premium Pine Shavings. 2 bags more than covers my coop of similar size about 3 1/2 to 4 inches deep. The chickens scratch it and pile it up deeper in some areas, I smooth it and redistribute it evenly a couple of times a day. I also use a flat shovel to remove larger dried poop into a plastic bucket that is dumped into the compost pile daily. I'll look tomorrow to see what quantity is denoted on the bale packaging. It comes in a plastic bag.
     
  6. sBrickmanHouse

    sBrickmanHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Similar to Airmom above, we bought our shavings in a compressed brick from Tractor Supply.

    Our chicks are only 3 weeks old, so our shaving use may change, but two bricks covered our 6x8 coop with a good 4 inches, and is doing a great job absorbing droppings. We have a linoleum floor.
     
  7. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wish I had a linoleum floor. Sure would make a total semi-annual cleanup a snap!
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Okay thanks y'all. I'm familiar with the bricks (for lack of a better word) of compressed shavings. I actually have one sitting on the porch that I had bought for Billy's house, but decided to use hay in there instead.
    Oh, and after much debate, we're going to go ahead and build the coop to it's intended finished size of 10 X12; but I get the general idea. Thanks!
     
  9. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be warned of hay in chicken houses. It has a hazardous mold when damp that causes repiratory problems in chickens which can kill them.
     
  10. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:No, the hay is in Billy's (the goat) house. The pine shavings will go in the coop.
     

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