staw litter question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jkm, May 4, 2007.

  1. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    I used straw in my new coop and run, and its smelly after 4 days, I thought it was not supposed to smell so soon, the run straw is a little damp, i have "fluffed it with a stick to dry it.
    How often do i need to add staw? or change it?
    I have plastic under the coop straw is that the problem?

    coop is looking good, and I rebuilt the run yesterday and the girls are dry and happy in a huge pouring three day storm.
    new pics next week.
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I would take the plastic out! That is holding in the moisture, and will eventually mold, causeing illness in your chickens. I use straw, and only change mine out about every 2 or 3 weeks! I have 13 large chickens, 25 at 7 weeks, and 9 cornish X in there. I would say the plastic is the culpret!
  3. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    ok I will pull the plastic in the am, I had them in a pen for a month, with straw over plastic, under cover, and it did not smell until the end, so thats why i put the tarp down over the wood, to make it easy to pull out. the floor is not a perfect fit and the tarp covered the gap,
  4. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Songster

    Mar 14, 2007
    The Sunny South
    Hello [​IMG],
    First, how many chickens, what size (large breed or bantam), and what size is coop, and do they free range daily?

    Next-comment: It sounds like a month is maybe a bit too long to wait between changes. Try a thinner layer of straw, and change more frequently. If not, you may end up with sick chickens-respritory infections, and possibly parasites.

    Best wishes! [​IMG]
  5. akyramoto

    akyramoto Songster

    Apr 10, 2007
    Northern CA
    i'm using straw on dirt floor & it doesnt need to be removed for about a week & isn't too smelly - but i have a well ventilated coop.
  6. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I have a wood floor in my coop and I put 4 bags (50lbs each) of play sand down then covered with coastal hay. Then I have sand boxes under the roosting area. I only have to change out the hay two or three times a year. It stays clean since they roost over the sand boxes. I scoop the sand boxes daily and it works great. I posted pics of my coop in the submit coop design for the byc section.
  7. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    well today I added the roost, I" fluffed" the straw today and the sun came out today which dried the world out. the coop does not smell . I have rhode red , a sliver why, and an aracona, the space is almost 20 sq feet. we had a week of nasty spring storms, super hard rain and squalls,

    cheers life is better


    Last edited: May 5, 2007
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    I'm also in Oregon, and pine shavings work MUCH better than straw. The smell is non-existant and you can layer it every few days. It is more low maintenence. If you are interested in composting, it works better for that, too. No weeds like straw can have.

    I posted this on another thread. Hope I don't sound like a broken record [​IMG]

    Oh, and I think your Araucana might actually be an Ameraucana or Easter Egger. Does it have a beard?
    Last edited: May 6, 2007
  9. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    That bird in the picture has a beard, muffs and a tail. Its not an aracauna. Araucana have ear tufts, no beard, no muffs and no tail.
  10. jkm

    jkm Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    Forest Grove
    well I will see where to buy pine, I have used straw for years in my garden with no problems,
    Yes that darn chcicken is growing all sorts of feathers on her face, she is the tamest one to!
    frankly Hillsboro feed just sells chicckens, so what is she? the real question will she be a good layer?

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