Sand or pine shavings in coop/run??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Jess21687, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Jess21687

    Jess21687 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2018
    hey guys! We live near Madison, WI and have our coop and run ready but are just looking for opinions. Our yard is grass but can at times be patchy and I anticipate the three girls we have will have it down to dirt pretty quick. The coop itself is obviously all closed in and has a pull out tray under the roosts. Sand or pine shavings for this? The run will have the grass bottom and has a roof but should we put sand or pine shavings in this area when the girls get it down to mud? Looking for the option that’s most readily available and easy to maintain. Bonus points for cost effective!
  2. JaeG

    JaeG Crossing the Road

    Sep 29, 2014
    New Zealand
    For sand to work it needs to stay dry so you can scoop the poop. You could look into 'deep litter' where you keep adding organic matter (shavings, straw, grass clippings, leaves etc) and the girls turn it into beautiful compost for you. It's probably the most easy to maintain.
  3. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

    Nov 7, 2012
    How tall is your coop? If it is a walk in, I would recommend that you do DL there. And I would definitely recommend DL in your run. I am violently opposed to sand!
  4. Jess21687

    Jess21687 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2018
    That makes perfect sense. For the deep litter method, I would worry about smell. Is this a huge issue? And then what would you do for deep cleaning?
  5. Jess21687

    Jess21687 In the Brooder

    Mar 9, 2018
    Our coop is about 4 feet tall and the pull out tray does have linoleum tiles for easier cleaning. But DL for the run sounds great. We mow the lawn at least once a week so it would give us a great place to toss this!
  6. jreardon1918

    jreardon1918 Songster

    Jul 13, 2016
    Southeast, MA
    My Coop
    We do pine shavings in the coop. Scoop the poop boards into compost pile. Very rarely we take all the pine shavings once in 10 months and add them to the run. Leaves and grass clippings, weeds all go in the run. The run is covered so it stays pretty dry. No smell. Will use some of the run material as compost for the gardens in the spring
  7. kcobbs

    kcobbs Chirping

    Aug 7, 2013
    We use sand in the coop and run. I also have a sand litter box under their roost. All I have to do is use a kitty litter scoop to clean. Also use urine stabilizer in sand to help with smell. Works great!
  8. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    My Coop
    Deep litter shouldn't smell if done properly - the important thing is to have a mix of materials in different sizes, to allow for drainage and to keep the mix somewhat loose.

    With litter I don't clean the run anymore. I scoop obvious poops only because I don't want to step on them but otherwise the materials just get tossed with a rake every once in a while if they get too matted from rain. Drainage is good and as far as cost effective, this is completely free for me - wood chips come from my own trees, grass and weed clippings from the yard, dried leaves get saved up during fall.
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