- Nov 10, 2012
Hello! I am new to this forum and 100% new to the world of raising chickens for the purpose of eggs. We live in Italy right now and I speak very little Italian so getting things from the hardware store is quite the chore I recently bought some small smooth river rocks to put on the floor of our chicken coop, thinking I had read somewhere that was the stuff to use. BUt now that I am home after buying it I can only find people saying they use sand and tree shavings. Is it okay to use small stones? Our coop currently has slatted wooden floors with large gaps between the stone that I have filled in with pebbles. I was planning to put these even smaller little stones on top. It rains a lot here so I need something with good drainage, however, the coop will be right next to our huge garden and I'd love to be able to use the chicken waste as fertilizer which I know I can't do with the stones. HOw do you harvest chicken waste for the purpose of fertilizer? I don't even know what chicken waste looks like, if it's wet or dry..?? I'd appreciate any help that you have to offer!