rain got in my coop=damp floor now!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mom2my2boyz, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. mom2my2boyz

    mom2my2boyz New Egg

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    I'm new to chickens (we just got our hens last week)[​IMG] and I'm wondering it I should be concerned about this: The last couple days we've had LOTS of rain - and straight-line winds which blew the rain right into what I thought was our weather-proof coop! Now most of the pine-shavings floor is damp and a couple of the nesting boxes are, too. [​IMG] Should I be concerned about this? And if so, what do I do??? Add more shavings? Take out all the damp shavings first or not? Just air it out (once we get a nice day)? Anyone have some advice for me? I'd really appreciate it...
     
  2. Liana

    Liana Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do what you can to get it dry in there - mold is a big concern with chickens. I'd change out any damp shavings and nest box material, at a minimum.
     
  3. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    I personally would take out the shavings, let the coop dry completely and then add new shavings. Shavings are cheap enough and I would not want to take a chance with mold growing in the coop.
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yup. Remove the wet shavings. Use them as garden mulch or whatever. (In principle, if you get a long stretch of dry weather you can spread them out thinly on a tarp and get them TOTALLY dry and reuse them, but realistically I'd just repurpose them). Use a fan to dry out the inside of the coop, if necessary -- if it's painted, this shouldn't take too long as the wood will not have got soaked -- then put in new dry shavings and you will be good to go [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Farmington

    Farmington Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I found out as I was in my coop hanging walls during a rain storm that the windows I had let a lot of rain blow in during storms. I fixed the problem with a piece of plywood on hinges to prop open on the large window, and I made a little awning for the small window out of scrap t1-11

    Here's the large window, with the "cover" propped open [​IMG]

    Here's the small window with the awning (the window on the right) [​IMG]

    Any wet chips you have in there should be removed, the area should be dried, and chips replaced. Wetness brings mold. Mold bad.
     
  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Add Sweet PDZ and or DE. Both are excellent at helping things dry out. We have flood irrigation, so every 2 weeks my coops are flooded (literally) with 6-14 inches of water. I have 1 coop that is on blocks above the water and three more that are on blocks, but not quite tall enough to keep out all water. A fan in one of the on-the-ground coops helps tremendously, and as I said, sweet PDZ and/or DE. The type of litter makes a difference in drying time, too. Rice hulls dry much more rapidly than shavings, sand stays damp longest, but standing water seems to soak in faster.
     

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