Pine shavings in RUN AREA

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cajunlizz, Aug 8, 2008.

  1. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    We hauled sand in our run area a couple of months back . BUT we have had alot of rain and we have a few spots with standing water from chickens digging their little holes to DUST IN . Was wondering if adding pine shavings would help the matter or make things worse ? Does pine shavings STINK if it gets wet from rain?

    What do ya'll suggest ?
     
  2. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    Pine shavings are a great idea. They just smell like pine when wet. I have straw in my run right now, but I am switching to pine after the next big cleaning.
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:well , I have pine shaving totally in the COOP and nesting boxes . JUST have never put any in the RUN AREA . but its so damp was hoping to have suggestions .

    I mentioned this to DH looks like we need to bring in more sand . FOR SURE AGAIN before the winter rainy season starts . I hate walking in SLUSH , so manybe we might add more sand and pine shavings on top . Wonder what the pine will do with POOP and wet from rain ?????

    HOW is the straw working for you ? I was also told to UNROLL bales haw in the area during the wintertime and it gives flock warmth thru out .
     
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  4. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings and poo mixed together and then wet do have an unpleasant odor. I put down about 6 inches of sand in the run but have pine shavings inside the little coop. I left the window open one night and it rained in--quite stinky.
     
  5. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    how about a pine mulch?
    From experience soaking wet pine shavings dont dry out all that well. And mixed with the chicken poop wont smell like "pine" for long. Maybe put a cover over the run as well? Even just a section of it being covered might help some
     

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