What do you use on the floor of your coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by fushalilly, Mar 20, 2008.

  1. fushalilly

    fushalilly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ive got a small coop for three hens. I use to use hay for the floor bedding, but it is expensive and not easy to clean. What do you recomend?
     
  2. chickachickawhat

    chickachickawhat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    shaving is the best way to go
     
  3. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    best advice is straw (hay) pine not cedar shaving and I dont know waht else lol
     
  4. GrayCavalry

    GrayCavalry New Egg

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    Why not cedar?
     
  5. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I use a piece of roll roofing shingle stuff-- It has embedded gravel for good hen foot traction & I just drag it out and hose it--- or if I'm too lazy or worn out for that I keep a couple extras to exchange til I have some energy. . . .
     
  6. asher

    asher Chicken Enabler Extraordinaire

    Jan 26, 2007
    Mountains of NC
    Definitely shavings. You can find it free in a lot of places, saw mills, etc.

    Cedar can be toxic to small animals including chickens.
     
  7. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    We covered the floor in our playhouse coop with a linoleum remnant (for easy cleaning) and then added pine shavings for the litter.

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    Hope this helps!

    Dawn
     
  8. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
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    Quote:Me to!!! The linoleum protects the wood and makes it so easy to clean. I also use pine shavings, but one of chickens (Psycho) has a habit of scratching the straw out of the nest boxes, so I usually end up with a combo of pine shavings & straw before time to clean it out.
     
  9. hypnofrogstevie

    hypnofrogstevie chick magnet

    Jul 12, 2007
    Newton NJ
    Quote:The oil in cedar has been known to kill chicks. it causes respiratory problems
     
  10. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

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    Me to!!! The linoleum protects the wood and makes it so easy to clean. I also use pine shavings, but one of chickens (Psycho) has a habit of scratching the straw out of the nest boxes, so I usually end up with a combo of pine shavings & straw before time to clean it out.

    Smitty,

    Our girls love to dust bathe in the coop litter so we end up with shavings in the nest boxes. I tell everyone that they decided I didn't do a good job with their hay and they do it to pad the eggs better. The looks on their faces is worth it![​IMG]

    Dawn​
     

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