What bedding should I choose?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicken Cowgirl <3, Mar 22, 2018.

  1. Chicken Cowgirl <3

    Chicken Cowgirl <3 In the Brooder

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    I live in the pacific north west, Washington state where it likes to rain alot , I have been reading about sand coop floors.But, I dont think that would work for us, because of the constant wet weather
    does anyone have any sugestions? We are in the process of building our coop, I want to keep the smell down because I'm in city limits...
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    I use deep litter: dry leaves, grass clippings, aged wood chips, hay...

    I would avoid sand at all costs!!!
     
  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Crowing

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    Deep litter for sure - done right it allows for great drainage and we have no shortage of trees for wood chips and leaves, grass and weeds, etc. all the items you need for litter, for free. My run isn't covered but even though I have little puddles everywhere with the rain today, the run isn't boggy or mucky.
     
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  4. Chicken Cowgirl <3

    Chicken Cowgirl <3 In the Brooder

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    Thanks I will look into that :)
     
  5. X_and_Z

    X_and_Z Chirping

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    The sand does need to be dry to work well. However, there are people that do well with sand in their coops in the PNW. Here is one:
    https://nwedible.com/chicken-coop-update-sand-bed-hybrid/
    https://nwedible.com/sand-litter-bed-in-the-chicken-coop/
    https://nwedible.com/clean-poop-free-eggs/

    It works best if you are a person that likes to do a little bit of work each day rather than a lot of work every once in a while.

    However I can't see it in a run. Even if covered, the slightest breeze would wet the sand at the sides of the run making it difficult to clean.
     

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