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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reddchick07, Apr 22, 2008.
I was wondering what everyone used to put down in your coop, as in straw, hay, wood shavings, ect..
I use pine shavings in my coop.
I have about 4" of pine shavings in each house. I go through every 3 days, stir it up, and remove any large clumps. Keeps everything dry and no smell. I change the shavings about every 6 months or sooner if nessecary.
I have a thick layer of hay and 10+ inches of pine shavings over it.
3 to 4 inches of pine shavings. The chickens do a good job of keeping them stirred up by scratching around in them.
We are going to use pine shavings on top with sawdust on the bottom. I can't use straw after I seen the post about the surgery on the hen in the Emergencies/injuries forum. Check it out if you haven't already and you'll see why.
I use pine shavings
I use 3 inches of Pine Shavings BUT I clean a lot more often than the average person may because I want to keep my silkies in Show Condition. COSTS A FORTUNE..
well i actually posted this thread but didnt know my gf was still loged in here, lol. I never knew to use pine shaving for the coop, I hope its not to expensive, I have yard clippings in there right now. Maybe a weekend project
Yard clippings are probably just fine; I can't imagine any problems as long as there are no chemicals on your lawn. I use bales of pine shavings, but ours have some cedar mixed in for smell. It is $6 for a bale that lasts maybe three changes and composts quite nicely when it gets yucky. I change it out completely every three weeks or so, stir a few tiems a week, and toss on a fresh layer every week or so.