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LIme in Coop? - good or bad idea?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by **1Marie!!, Sep 6, 2011.

  1. **1Marie!!

    **1Marie!! New Egg

    Sep 6, 2011
    Have a brand new coop - waterproofed it, have straw which will go in before hens arrive! Someone told me it is good to sprinkle lime arouind inside of coop. Good, or bad idea?
  2. BlackBart

    BlackBart Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    We've done it for as long as I can remember and before that. We also sprinkle it on the manure piles between layers.
    IMO works much better than DE and it neutralizes the PH.
  3. **1Marie!!

    **1Marie!! New Egg

    Sep 6, 2011
    Thanks much - on way to Home Depo to buy some Lime! A farmer from Minn told me this, and figures he'd be right! : )
  4. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    I use food grade DE and pine chips inside the coop. It's very easy to clean and my coop has no bugs or any odor. I do clean up the poop daily.
  5. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    The thing I found out about straw is that it will really add a lot of dirt to the coop and when it gets wet, it is just a mess - I would do the shavings - lime dries it up, but not all that much

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