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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DWavs, Jul 14, 2008.

  1. DWavs

    DWavs Out Of The Brooder

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    How often, on average, do you change the bedding in your coop? I am currently using pine shavings in a 4' x 8' coop.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:I've got a two story 4x8 coop that I keep about an inch of shavings on. On the top level I have four adult hens, on the bottom I have 10 babies ranging from 2 to 4 months old.

    I change my bedding weekly. If you wait to long the excrement that builds up can lead to coccidiosis and other diseases.
     
  3. CritterHill

    CritterHill Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. dogzrule5

    dogzrule5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it absolutely necessary to use any kind of litter??? The reason I ask is that I have a dirt floor barn. During the day, the roosters free range while the three adult hens are in an 8 x 8 dog pen. The only buildup of poop is under where they roost at night.

    My chicks are in a small brooder, and that does need to be cleaned out this week.

    I'll dig out the pile in the barn if it gets a few inches thick - in just a small area. The only time I know I've battled coccidia is with a couple of little chicks.

    Maybe this is dumb luck again???

    Phyllis
     

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