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NEWBIE QUESTION...Is it ok to till up the coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Gretel12, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. Gretel12

    Gretel12 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a fairly large coop 8' X 8' for a couple of Polish and I'm wondering if anyone else tills to mix up the earth and bring up new bugs and stuff? If you do, how often? I don't like them walking around in their poop all the time... Thanks!
     
  2. saboyd

    saboyd Out Of The Brooder

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    I was actually thinking about doing the same thing, so I'll keep an eye out for the posts that follow. I have a Mantis Tiller that would be great in the pens and run... [​IMG]

    SAB
     
  3. redstars

    redstars Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I turn it over every couple weeks they go nuts.
    They know there are hidden treasures underneath.
     
  4. ThePamperedPullet

    ThePamperedPullet Chillin' With My Peeps

    We turn over all the breeder pens and the free range are as often as my back feels up to it. The chooks all love it.
     
  5. Jess N Jeff

    Jess N Jeff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a smaller coop but I turn things over monthly. Wear a mask!!!!
     
  6. 2txmedics

    2txmedics Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Manvel Texas
    Wow, and I thought I was the only one....I go in daily to feed, and the sand tends to get hard once its been wet and we've had alot of rain lately...I grab a hoe, and I till the run...about every 2-3 days...reason for that often is...if the sand it pressed down then its hard, by doing this, it softens it up and they can do there dust baths, which they love...I do not wear a mask...if you click on my link: My beautiful babies you can see the run...its out and open...and large enough...it doesnt stink at all...Ive had them for one year in there...now if its rained and its very wet then I can smell the poop.

    Even using DE in it...They go crazy when I do this!!! At times I have to becareful as they rush up and follow the hoe...almost hitting them on the head if not careful...
     
  7. babyspice35

    babyspice35 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, what a good idea!!! And here I was changing the straw twice a month! Imagine all of the treats they will find [​IMG] LOL
     
  8. PunkinPeep

    PunkinPeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a really good idea! [​IMG]
     

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