Ways to improve a coop with a dirt floor

LaynaDon95

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Jan 18, 2012
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Sooo.... We built our chicken coop almost a year ago and I love it! :) One thing I didn't think about though, was building it directly on the ground. It's been fine for the most part, but I've noticed with all the poo shoveling I do, and with all the scratching the flock does, the dirt level is very rapidly dropping... How do I help stop/slow this? Anyone with ideas?
 

TurtlePowerTrav

T.K.'s Farm
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Jul 29, 2012
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My Coop
I have my current temporary coop(wanted to see if I likes raising chickens before investing in coop) is on open floor. I use pine shavings to around 2-3 inches deep, so they scratch it more than the actual dirt. I am going to be building a coop off the side of my shed in the spring since I love chickens.
 

Clay Mudd

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Mar 28, 2011
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Put about 8 inches of pine shavings and you won't have to worry about losing dirt

+1. I also throw in smaller amounts of leaves and grass clippings, as well as a bit of sod now and then when I've dug a new garden bed or whatever. Instead of "poo shoveling", I pull out a wheelbarrow load of old bedding now and then, and replace it with fresh shavings.
 

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