Is there a single article for pro/con of bedding material?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TimM, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. TimM

    TimM Out Of The Brooder

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    I've searched this forum and found numerous posting extolling the virtues of pine shavings, sand, straw, and just PDZ. But is there a single article somewhere that puts them all together into a single thoughtful summary?

    This is relevant to me because I just converted a 16x16 shed into a coop by putting a big sheet of remnant linoleum on the old rough floor, adding roosts, et cetera. I plan to house about 12 chickens in there, with no access to an outside run (at least for the foreseeable future). Now I need to figure out what to use for bedding. I'm strongly leaning toward sprinkling PDX on the floor and then putting several inches of pine shavings on top of that. But I am open to other ideas, and I would like to make a decision that is as informed as possible. Thanks!

    Tim
     
  2. Hokum Coco

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    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets have been the best. (I tried wood pellets as a last resort when pine shavings were not available.) They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets .

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.


    Works for me in my deep litter method.

    I do add to pellets from time to time.

    I have 63 trips around the sun so it is not my first rodeo.

    I have anywhere from 10 to 15 birds housed in my 4x8 coop.

    Through the winter months it froze harder than concrete with -40º temperatures. The poop froze before it could be absorbed by the pellets and there was like a crusty layer of poop in certain areas where they collectively took aim (no smell, messy feet or flies @ -40º). Come April things started to look after themselves.

    Oh I might add I do have poop boards 3½" below my roost that I clean every 2 to 3 days (excellent for catching eggs laid through the night).

    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.

    Chicken coop is salvaged 4x8 metal shed.


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  3. TimM

    TimM Out Of The Brooder

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    Hokum - I'll go to Agway and buy some wood pellets and give them a try. Thanks!

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  4. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    @ TimM. It is a good idea to put a board up on it's edge along the threshold to your door to hold the pellets in place or else they will cratch them out into your yard and fall out when you open the door..
     
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  5. TimM

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    Hokum - Ah yes. Good thought.

    Tim
     

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