Sand vs pine shavings in coop??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DirtDiva, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. DirtDiva

    DirtDiva In the Brooder

    Aug 8, 2011
    Magnolia, TEXAS
    My Coop
    Our coop is almost complete. We built the roost with a poop board below which we plan to fill w/sand so we can scoop poop out daily. If we use sand in coop, won't need poop board. Noticed some use sand in coop and others DLM w/pine shavings. Does anyone have pros/cons to share on which method works better for your setup? thanks...[​IMG]

  2. jaj121159

    jaj121159 Songster

    May 27, 2010
    Northeast Nebraska
    I think it depends on your time and how many chickens you have. We have over 70 spread over five coops now and willing adding at least two coops and 70+/- chickens this coming spring. The best thing about the Deep Litter Method is not having to clean or scoop daily. Clean the poop board once a week or as needed. Add litter once a month or so, clean the coop once a year. Works for us since we both work and don't have the time to clean five coops daily. Wouldn't do it any differently.

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