What beding do you use in your coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dodgewoman, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. dodgewoman

    dodgewoman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2012
    Curious as to what everyone uses. I'm looking for the best cheapest thing I can use. I read the pine needles thread which is great but we don't have enough
  2. Th0mmyV

    Th0mmyV Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    I put in my open front coop 2" of the grass I cut from the lawn, once a week. Every 2 months i get out of there some composted grass with manure which I put to rest min 6 months before using it. Never need to buy fertiliser for the garden anymore. I do not know if it would work in a closed coop but I think so, it's easy, free and apreciated by the chicken.
  3. cc0905

    cc0905 Out Of The Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    South Berwick, Maine
    I'm using pellets from my pellet stove , about 3" deep, absorb very well, change it out about every 6 months
  4. ccrow

    ccrow Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    Southern Maine
    I use pine shavings in mine. I use a dustpan and child's rake to scoop the droppings in the morning when I let the girls out, and it stays pretty clean.
  5. CatUT

    CatUT Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2011
    I use pine shavings in my coop. It costs $11 for a bale at my feed store and I keep it 6" deep. I turn it every couple of weeks and clean it out completely twice a year. I have sand in my run and I also throw in grass clippings which the chickens treat like a buffett. I change out the grass clippings every couple of weeks and compost it. I'll put more sand down in the spring and occassionally in the fall if it's needed.
  6. Anna_MN

    Anna_MN Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2011
    Princeton, MN
    I use pine shavings as well. I can get it for $5 a bale at Fleet Farm- it's supposed to cover 300 square feet. I put it in 3 inches deep, then once a week a put another layer on top. But the nest boxes have hay in them since the shavings get stamped down pretty good when the chickens are in there.

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