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Sand, shavings and DE

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

  1. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    We live in a not so well drained yard and my chickens have a coop that touches the ground, no floor. Should I use sand, shavings or straw in it and what is DE? Also, what about in the run. How much sand for a coop that is 4x4?
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I personally wouldn't use sand in the winter, straw or pine shavings would be best. Does the floor get wet? DE is diatomacious earth aka fossil flour not sure if i spelled it right, it helps keep the coop dry and not so smelly and also helps keep mites at bay.
  3. 1brahmamama

    1brahmamama Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2008
    Could you dig a small trench around your coop and direct any water away from the coop. Straw will mildew if it gets wet. So will the shavings, and then you would have to change either anytime it gets wet. We have shavings inside the coops and straw in the run outside.
  4. ncCHICKS

    ncCHICKS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2008
    Hope Mills, NC
    The coop stays dry except when its raining if I don't close the door. I'm mostly worried about the run.
  5. colby318

    colby318 got 'dottes?

    Jul 14, 2008
    Stamping Ground, KY
    De forms a crust when it gets wet. We're putting down a layer of playground sand in the run to help keep the mud down this winter. Hope this helps.
  6. bkbuz1987

    bkbuz1987 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 29, 2008
    I want to put a layer of sand in the run to help with the mud as well. I've slipped too much and the chickens get pretty dirty as well. In the coop we have pine shaving and DE the run now is just Colorado dirt and I sprinkel DE as needed.

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