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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lswatson111304, Dec 7, 2011.
In the coop..if you use shavings?
6" To 8"
oh wow, I suck. I've just kept them at about 2 inches. I had no idea. I just hate that when the small door to the coop is open they come falling out. Guess we should have designed that better. And I guess I should go give them more! LOL
During the summer - 2 inches deep. During winter when we see temps down to zero and below - 6 to 8 inches deep. It really helps keep the coop warmer.
Quote:I use those plastic drain pans you use under outdoor faucets in front of the pop holes inside. It slows down the tracking of wood shavings out of the coop.
Yah, remembering to make the hole for the pop door higher on the wall really helps. You might be able to put in short, wooden barrier walls back inside the doorway. That way, the chickens hop over the "wall" into a sort of foyer, and then walk out the pop door.
Quote:Good Idea! Chicken Foyer! LOL I might try that tomorrow. I ended up dumping the rest of the shavings into the coop so they can snuggle up in it. I'm in Texas, so it doesn't get unbearably cold, but they are such tiny animals and well, I get cold walking out to see them! LOL
Checked on them this evening and they are pretty snuggled up. Well 4 of them. 1 is snuggled in her nest box, and the others are roosting! I love these stinkin birds!
Chicken Foyer sounds like something that might show up on a plate, or introduced as something new on one of those competition TV battles of the chefs.
If you have a raised floor n your coop, and your chickens are contained in there, they'll certainly scratch up any litter to keep the toesies warm.
My own coop is of common wood-frame construction. a simple two-by-twice as a bottom plate above the floor.
Whether for warmth in the winter or for absorbency any time of year, 4"-8", as your chickens will arrange it to suit themselves, could be hard to contain.
Not hard at all. I nailed up some 1x4s inside the studding of my various doors. What spills over to the point that it might interfere with the operation of the doors is easily swiped away by hand.
6 inches at least and I scoop daily and top up when needed. I use Swift horse bedding as it's finer