1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Non-DLM'ers, how much shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by danamillette, Oct 27, 2008.

  1. danamillette

    danamillette Songster

    Jul 16, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Just a question, for those of you not using the deep litter method.
    How much or how many inches of wood shavings do you have on your coop floor?
    Do you scatter it or completely cover it? Also, about the only shavings that get nasty are the ones under the roosts. Any suggestions for what i can use as droppings catchers?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    A droppings board under the roost works well, especially if you clean it every morning and especially if you scatter a thin layer of shavings on it after cleaning it.

    Basically you just need enough shavings on the floor to prevent bare spots from opening up, b/c even with vinyl flooring or suchlike on the floor, poo *on the flooring* (as opposed to on the shavings) is much much harder to clean off. How much total depth it takes to prevent bare spots kind of depends on what your chickens do in the coop, you will just have to experiment and see what works. 3-4" is a reasonable amount to start with if you're looking for a jumping off point.

    Have fun,

  3. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Songster

    May 11, 2008
    I put down about 3/4 cup of stall dry and then about 2 inches of pine shavings down on my little 3x3 vinyl covered coop floor. No dropping boards. I just stir the shavings once a week to mix the poo in and dry it up and then I sweep it all out every 3 to 4 weeks and start over. Not messy or smelly unless it gets wet but that is rare as their water is outside.
  4. DaKid

    DaKid Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Berkley , Ma.
    I place down about 2-3 inch over my vinyl flooring , no drop boards under my roost, I usually get about 3 weeks or so sometimes 4 wks before I have to scrape the floors -n-clean all the shaving out , then I mop -n- wash the floor down with bleach and water , let dry good -replace the shaving

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: