Leaves in coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by plucker18, Oct 26, 2015.

  1. plucker18

    plucker18 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone use leaves in their coop during the winter? On the floor
     
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do, along with grass clippings, pine needles and straw.

    ETA: Oops, I mean in our run. In the coop we use pine shavings. Sorry.
     
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  3. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I find leaves alone do not absorb moisture in the coop very well.

    I also use pine shavings, 8-10 inches deep, in my coop.
     
  4. Wonky Woods

    Wonky Woods Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Leaves and grass clippings in my run. In the coop we use sand and PDZ. The girls love it and it's super easy to clean with a kitty litter scooper.
     
  5. plucker18

    plucker18 Out Of The Brooder

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    No shavings. Just sand and pdz? Does it have any insulation value?
     
  6. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    I use a combination of whatever I can find - pine shavings, leaves, grass clippings, weeds and trimmings from the garden, chopped straw - whatever! In winter I'll go a little heavier on the shavings because there's not much decomposing going on when it's 20 below zero anyway, but I'll have bags of dried leaves set aside and ready to get added in whenever I think it needs it. I briefly considered sand but realized that even though I could pick up the droppings, the moisture from them would have already been absorbed by the sand. Moisture + subzero temps = a pretty doggone hard surface to land on,and it's cold to boot! Besides, with the other stuff I like to watch the girls dig little hollows in and snuggle down into the warm spot they've made for themselves.
     
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  7. Wonky Woods

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  8. plucker18

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    Does the sand keep them warm if they burrow in it
     
  9. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use it here is So Cal. The girls dust bath, but it's not something they burrow in. It is however very absorbent and dries very quickly. I understand moisture in a winter coop is a cause of frostbite and other issues. They will be roosting at night, so a draft free ventilated coop is paramount. For warmth, I would think deep litter would retain more body heat when burrowing.
     
  10. plucker18

    plucker18 Out Of The Brooder

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    That's what I thought. Gonna try dweo litter method this winter. Gets real cold where I am.
     

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