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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sltatum1, Apr 4, 2012.

  1. sltatum1

    sltatum1 New Egg

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    I'm a new chicken mommy. We have converted a dog pen to be our chicken hotel. I was wondering do we need to put the pine shavings or hay on the ground? it just is dirt right now. I want to make sure they like what their stepping on. Should it be lined with shavings? I have 5 chicks in the house that are 2 weeks old. But I also have to RIR that are about 7 months that I just purchased that are outside. I also just learned that they need a roosting pole. Gotta get to work on that.
    Thanks so much
    Susan
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Hello! I would use SAND! I've tried all different types of materials for the ground, and I've found that dirt gets stinky and muddy, and pine shavings will be a mess before no time, but sand is the very best. I just scoop out the poo with a kitty litter scooper and it generally stays fresh. Also, it drains well if it gets wet. Chickens like to use sand as a dust bath too.

    It's cheaper, if you have a sand and gravel place somewhere nearby and if you have a truck, to get a load of sand. Here in Ohio that costs about $15.00 for a pick up truck load. It's more expensive to buy the sand in bags, like playsand, but I would do it in a heartbeat if that's the only way I could get the sand.

    Try it, and you won't be disappointed,
    Sharon
     

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