Pine shavings on top of moist pine shavings?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OHMYCHICKIES, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Usually I clean out the coop once a month, but since we have about 3 feet of snow I didn't do it this month.

    I see the pine shavings all wet (because of snowy feet) and I add more. The coop is raised with a linoleum floor. I also shovel a path outside for them to walk. They normally don't stay in the coop until it's time for bed. Is it okay for me to just add more pine shavings to absorb the moisture?
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Yes, you can add more pineshavings but it will still be damp. Best thing to do is clean out the old, dry up the floor (with dry rags) and add new pineshavings with sprinkled DE.
     
  3. Chicken Woman

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    stall dry granuals help alot !
     
  4. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    so is Stall Dry a replacement to Pine Bedding? And do you have to change it out often? Can I put Stall dry on soil like a compost when I clean the coop?
     
  5. Chicken Woman

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    Stal dry is a granular stuff that you sprinkle on your shavings to help eliminate moisture and odor.
     
  6. OHMYCHICKIES

    OHMYCHICKIES Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] ahhh perfect, I'm gonna go check if my feed store carries it.

    Thanks!!
     
  7. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think it has DE in it along with a form of clay all made up in granules from what i remember reading on the bag. May be other things in it as well. It absorbs ammonia orders very well. also used it in our rabbit hutch nest boxes under their pine shavings to. its a bit pricey, but works well.

    This the type we tried
    http://www.absorbentproductsltd.com/stalldry_canada.htm

    Charlie
     
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  8. Chicken Woman

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    I paid $7.95 for 50 pound bag.
     
  9. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As Monhonri suggests, you should clean up the old shavings, and start fresh. You could then add stall-dri to the new shavings to help absorb any future moisture that may accumulate, ie; snow tracked in. Why bother putting new dry shavings in with the old wet stuff, it would just be a waste.
     
  10. wilds of pa

    wilds of pa Chillin' With My Peeps

    wow. ours is $14.95 for a 40lb bag here, just got 2 bags today and they gave me a free one that the top was ripped open on, but it was basically a full bag..so i got 3 bags for about 30 bucks..this stuff helps keep fly's down to..

    Charlie
     
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