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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brwneggs, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chirping

    Jun 21, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    Hi, This is the first winter I will have chickens. We have a cement floor. What is best for them? Should I put linolium (sp) on top of it? Will the girls be ok jumping down on that?
    Also, how do I clean the coop in the middle of the winter?
    Thank you.

  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Id put a heavy layer of shavings down on it-look up deep litter method in the search section on top about it:) [​IMG]
  3. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    Yep 6-8 inches of wood shaving. Clean out any wet bedding and add new.Turn every other day. A least that is what I do.
  4. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    You can get pine wood shavings at Tractor Supply. Several times per week, throw in some bird seed as a treat on top of the shavings, and your chickens will keep it turned by scratching to find the corn, miscellaneous seeds, and black oil seeds that fall to the bottom. That keeps 'em busy and entertained when they can't get out because of deep snow.
  5. eustacma

    eustacma Hatching

    Sep 18, 2010
    hi Im new to the forum but have had animals all my life love any kind of animal except possiums they are creepy
    winter is hard but cement floor is ok but on any really warm day with sun
    start early and clean out wood shavings reason for cleaning out shavings is so mold does NOT build
    NEVER use cedar
    I tryed by just adding thing that doenst keep for weeks so any unusually warm day let it air out
    and refresh it to the cement I have a 10x10 dog enclsure chicken WIRE ON TOP 2 racoons can climb
    with tarp with large box i made YEP woman can use power tools
    used a old shower pole to make point so snow & rain falls off

    lots of hay, & place to perch for chickens linolum to pull out instead of me climbing in
    up on cement blocks to let air in and 2 or three layers of chicken wire on bottom to keep
    fisher kings out ferret like things that eat my chickens
    locking doggy door for night time safety
    My ducks on the other hand demand TONS of water
    I used an old bathroom vanity and made a pointed roof on it where the vanity went

    again i now have to do something with the floor POOPY ducks wow
    mold building under the linolum so going to cut it out and chicken wire the hell out of it so i can rinse with hose
    keep up inch or 2 off ground so you can move it to keep clean and air to circulate

    When it is nice out I rinse down all poops off so i dont have fly issues with lots of germs
    Im a germ freak just put in one of thoughs preform pond with water fall so it wont freeze for
    winter hoping to keep ducks happy for the winter

    that my experience for now 3 different ducks quacks daffy and shadow
    6 aruacanas 1 roo who chases my husband [​IMG] and 3 grown boys 2 corgis and 6 years learning on how to keep them safe in NE
  6. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chirping

    Jun 21, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    Quote:Hi, I would "PLEASE" like to addd on more to my question, if people dont mind. My father is in the middle os building the coop, and its getting cold out, and he is in a hurry to get it done- naturally... Do you put disinfectant down before the pine shavings? And [/b]bug protection- what can you recommend? [/b] Thank you very very much for all your advice!
    Last edited: Sep 18, 2010
  7. brwneggs

    brwneggs Chirping

    Jun 21, 2010
    Northern Indiana
    What other seeds can I give them beside black oil seeds (that they can dig for in the shavings)?

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