what bedding to use in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jcskowronek, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. jcskowronek

    jcskowronek Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 24, 2016
    decatur, ga
    I am going to move my 14 rirs and silkies out to the coop soon, and was wondering what would be best to put on the floor.
    we have been told these ate good and i am thinking one of them:

    - sand (childrens' play sand)
    - pine shavings
    - wheat straw (is this safe?)
    - wood chips

    i am leaning towards maybe sand, is this a good idea?
  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    i use straw and that works fine
  3. Jo Anne

    Jo Anne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    I agree I like straw in the coop, easier to clean, it breaks down faster for composting
  4. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 18, 2016
    What you put down on the floor as litter will depend a great deal on what your floor is made of and how you intend to manage it.

    Elevated wood or other? Probably something light, like wood chips, shavings, straw, etc, and unless it was built for deep litter, plan on changing as needed. What you pull out of here can go on to a compost pile.

    Dirt? If it would work for you, deep litter in the form of a few inches of wood chips, shavings, straw, old hay, leaves, etc. Eventually building up to several inches to as much as a foot or so. Essentially, they run around on a compost pile of their own making.
  5. TerryH

    TerryH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2016
    NW Arkansas
    My Coop
    You'll find pros and cons for each method you mentioned and proponents of each. As Howard E stated, first it depends on your situation. We are using pine shavings for our wood floored coop using the deep bedding method. So far it's worked out wonderfully.
  6. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    After much debate when we first got chickens, the system we settled on was deep bedding of pine shavings and a poop board filled with PDZ under the roost. Water is in the run to keep everything dry. The poop board is sifted out daily and what poo does fall to the floor is quickly mixed in with the shavings and dries. We clean out/replace the shavings twice a year.
  7. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    each owner has his/her own preference when it comes to bedding..

    i use pine shavings in the coop and half of the run. easy to clean + odor and moisture control




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