Nothing in the coop???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sassysouth, Jun 6, 2016.

  1. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    15
    71
    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL
    I went and bought sand to put in the new coop. Hubby says no sand, he doesn't want to find sand in the yard. I have vinyl on the floor and a vinyl covered poop board and the vinyl is for easy cleaning. He says. HELP! I did buy some DE today. How about pine straw and a sprinkle of DE? I hate pine flakes.
     
  2. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,364
    161
    146
    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    Find shavings work great. Why don't you like them?
     
  3. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    15
    71
    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL
    Hubby doesn't like seeing them in the yard and they seem to smell bad quickly. Maybe if I add DE that would help? Or PDZ?
     
    1 person likes this.
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    28,479
    14,144
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator
    I use dried grass clippings / leaves in my coop - 6 inches or so deep and just rake it over every morning. No smell, low maintenance and makes good composting when its changed (every 3 months or so). Wish I'd used the system sooner.

    CT
     
    1 person likes this.
  5. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,319
    446
    221
    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    DE is not good for them to breathe or get into their eyes.
     
    1 person likes this.
  6. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    15
    71
    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL

    Thank you. And I am assuming you use no additives then.
     
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2016
  7. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Chillin' With My Peeps

    101
    15
    71
    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL

    So I shouldn't use it in my coop (like I keep reading). Then, should I use a little in their homemade dust bath bin I am making?
     
  8. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Monkey Business Premium Member

    28,479
    14,144
    616
    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

    Nothing at all
     
    1 person likes this.
  9. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

    4,531
    1,046
    306
    Jul 19, 2015
    Eastern Shore, MD
    How would he find sand in the yard? The chickens aren't going to carry it out with them.
     
  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

    4,520
    1,538
    311
    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    Like SunHwaKwon said...
    The sand should stay put in the coop and not end up in a heap in the yard.
    My chickens drag pine out with them in their feathers to the run and when I go in and out invariably there is some that sneaks out. Not a big deal for me.

    Landing off a roost on hard slick linoleum is NOT something I would think good for the feet or the bones. Besides it is much much easier to clean the poo up if there is something to absorb the moisture out of it BEFORE it dries to the linoleum.

    I do not use DE and my coop does not smell bad nor do the chickens. I clean it regularly and it usually smells like fresh shaved pine in there.

    Just my 2 cents on it.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by