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Is Just Plain Dirt Ok for Inside Coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ParadiseChickens, May 14, 2011.

  1. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are just about finished with our conversion of a horse stall to a chicken coop and I am wondering about just using the dirt floor that is there. We have been converting this thing for about 6 weeks now and all this time I have been planning on using shavings but it is a hassle that I have been thru before with the horses and would like to not have to deal with that. I am in North Texas and the dirt we have is red with a mix of sand and a little clay. I do already have the DE and PDZ Stall Dry that I will use. Right now they go out daily from their temp home of a 100 gallon stock tank to a temporary run that is 4 x 12 with a dirt floor which is just so easy to keep clean. Course the stock tank is a real pain but maybe just because I have eight 10 week old production reds in it.

    I see the post with good things said about a sand floor but what about a mix of sand/clay. BTW, in case it matters, the way the stall (now coop) was built there is no way rain water can seep in. And when finished there will be a permanent 10 x 12 (fenced) dirt run on the front of the coop.

    Thank you.
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Dirt works fine.

    Mine is a mix of sand and dirt. The run is plain dirt.

    If it is warm/dry enough where you are, you should be fine. Just toss a handfull of shavings in when it gets stinky, and rake up debris when needed!
     
  3. ParadiseChickens

    ParadiseChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody else have any comments? It wont get wet inside the coop.
     
  4. BarefootMom

    BarefootMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    works just fine for us.
     
  5. Kudzu

    Kudzu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, dirt is fine, we Mississippians have eaten it since birth.
     
  6. Rebecky54

    Rebecky54 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They say for the deep litter method a dirt floor is best. I don't have a dirt floor now, but have in the past and it works fine. Just be sure nothing can dig underneath the coop to get in.

    Becky
     
  7. zeus

    zeus Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi...dirt floor will provide nice holes for dust baths!!! i am sure it will be fine-we have dirt areas in our coop and they have dug good size holes for their dirt baths,and to keep cool!..watch where you walk-you can snap an ankle!!
     
  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    True dat! But I till the whole coop and run after a heavy rain, which dries it out and gets rid of flies.

    It also re-levels the ground, and makes for happy, happy chickens who go into dustbathing overdrive.
     

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