Poop

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by SowdersHomestead, Dec 2, 2011.

  1. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My 11 cornishes are in a pen at the barn 8*10. About every 2 days I have to spread a thin layer of shavings out because they will just lay in it. I'd like to do 100 after the holidays but will go through bedding like crazy and make it not profitable.

    What does everyone else do?
     
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a 10x12 coop and I use deep litter, so I do not add any shavings; just mix it up every now and then.

    Do you not have enough shavings in there?

    I also bag up all my grass clippings and fallen leaves to use instead of shavings in my other pens.

    It helps save on the cost of shavings.

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  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    We deal with having to add bedding frequently in the brooder but then move them to tractors at 3wks old and the tractors get moved every day.
     
  4. jessicayarno

    jessicayarno Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was going to say tractoring them will pretty much eliminate that problem.. I personally would not raise that many birds in a stationary coop..jmo
     
  5. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    Straw is cheaper and easier to clean
     
  6. EggsForIHOP

    EggsForIHOP Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was going to say tractoring them will pretty much eliminate that problem.. I personally would not raise that many birds in a stationary coop..jmo

    Ditto here - it's SO much easier just to scoot them along to a new spot each day than it is to go in and clean out after them! I love having them mobile...chicken tractors...they're like rvs for poultry!
     
  7. SowdersHomestead

    SowdersHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to do a couple tractors this spring. The poo builds up where they lay at night. So it doesn't really have time to dry out and get shuffled into the bedding. They only have this week left before dressing so I guess I'll just have to do the tractors here in a few months.

    Thanks
     
  8. erinszoo

    erinszoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:What they said ... We just raised 15 cornish x and we added a layer of hay each day and then cleaned it all out at the end of each week. Great compost!!
     
  9. farmer9989

    farmer9989 Out Of The Brooder

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    leafs are the cheapest and best
     
  10. hamilton3475

    hamilton3475 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was going to say tractoring them will pretty much eliminate that problem.. I personally would not raise that many birds in a stationary coop..jmo

    Ditto here - it's SO much easier just to scoot them along to a new spot each day than it is to go in and clean out after them! I love having them mobile...chicken tractors...they're like rvs for poultry!

    How do you keep predators from digging under the tractor?
     

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