- Mar 13, 2009
Hi, I'm about to get my first chickens. We'll have 4 total. We remodeled an existing aviary/coop and have been trying to figure out the best way to utilize it. The aviary part is all wire and wood- very predator secure. We also have a covered outside area that ajoins a fenced in yard. The floor of the aviary/turned hen house is half wood, where the next boxes are and half wire, under the roosts. The idea is to put a tray below the roosts to collect manure since I've heard that's where most of it is produced. I was planning to use shavings in the tray but will they break down in our compost? Is straw better? I hear a lot about bedding. I live in California so I hope the hens will be outside all day and only use the house to roost at night. Do I need bedding? I was planning to keep the wood as it is. If indeed they do only use the house at night, do I just need to put water inside, or should I put a feeder as well. Thanks in advance.