What do you use in your coop?

What material do you use in your nesting boxes and/or coop's floor?

  • Straw

    Votes: 2 10.0%
  • Wood shavings

    Votes: 9 45.0%
  • Wood chips

    Votes: 2 10.0%
  • Aspen pads

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Alfalfa

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Paper

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Rubber Mats

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Leaves

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Pine Needles

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Nothing

    Votes: 1 5.0%
  • Other (Please comment)

    Votes: 4 20.0%

  • Total voters
Wood shavings on the coop floor. For the nests I cut long grass from areas I don't mow or weed eat and dry that. It's real close to hay but a little lighter.
Thanks, I was looking for a poll like this but couldn't find one so I made one instead.
Poll should allow multiple choices.

What kind of bedding you use may depend on how you manage the manure.
This is about cleaning, but covers my big picture

-I use poop boards under roosts with thin(<1/2") layer of sand/PDZ mix, sifted daily(takes 5-10mins) into bucket going to friends compost.
-Scrape big or wet poops off roost and ramps as needed.
- Large flake pine shavings on coop floor, add some occasionally, totally changed out once or twice a year, old shavings added to run.
- My runs have semi-deep litter(cold composting), never clean anything out, just add smaller dry materials on occasion, add larger wood chippings as needed.
Aged ramial wood chippings are best IMO.
-Nests are bedded with straw, add some occasionally, change out if needed(broken egg).

There is no odor, unless a fresh cecal has been dropped and when I open the bucket to add more poop.
That's how I keep it 'clean', have not found any reason to clean 'deeper' in 8 years.
I use pine shavings in the coop and I have rubber nest box pads in the nest boxes to help prevent eggs from breaking and it’s easier to clean up messes. I also put some pine shaving in the nest boxes on top of the rubber pads

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