What is your preferred bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Erin80, Apr 25, 2017.

  1. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2017
    What do you use in your coop? Why do you prefer it over anything else?

    I want to use pine shavings, but I don't know where to get them that isn't going to cost an absolute ton. Our coop is a good size - 54 square feet...so it needs a lot of bedding.
  2. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2017
  3. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    First I have a small coop only 4x8. I have tried most bedding and deep litter method. I also am a big fan of poop boards. My boards are only 3½ inches away from the removable roost. The close proximity of the poop boards saves eggs from breaking or cracking when they are laid through the night.

    This year I am trying a different tack. I placed a steel wire grid suspended 3½ inches above my covered vinyl floor (the height of a 2x4). The raw hen manure drops through the grid and does not come in contact with my birds what so ever.

    The positive results so far I have found are:

    1) My chickens feet and birds plumage in general are cleaner.
    2) The nest boxes stay cleaner longer
    3) My eggs are cleaner as well
    4) I eliminated the cost of bedding
    5) My chicken manure is better for composting.
    6) The manure dries to a hard pellet and for the most part just rolls off the vinyl flooring into the compost bin.
    7) Where the coop is well ventilated the well dried manure gives of no noticeable ammonia smell so far.

    I especially like this method for the warmer months when the hens spend the majority of the time in the run.
    I may revert back to the deep litter method through the winter when my hens are confined to the coop. The wire grid may prove taxing to their feet time will tell.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2017
  4. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio

    My coop is 72 sq.ft., we use 2 of those large bales of pine flakes from Tractor Supply They are around $6.00 each. We clean out twice a year, so that's $24.00. Not too bad.
  5. catinthecoop

    catinthecoop Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 17, 2017
    Agreed, if you want shavings, look for a Tractor Supply or Farm and Fleet near you, that's the easiest. Otherwise look for a farm feed store or feed mill, they all have shavings too. If you provide a location someone may come along with more specific ideas.
  6. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 30, 2013
    Pottstown, PA
    Too late now, but dried tree leaves work great for me. The birds pick through it looking for bugs and spiders, and generally break them up until they are compostable.
  7. millvi

    millvi Just Hatched

    Feb 24, 2017
    Im interested in knowing what would be the coolest for my chickens? I Live in central California so it gets pretty warm during the summer.The run is completely covered for shade.
  8. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2017
    Charlotte, NC
  9. Erin80

    Erin80 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2017
    I just discovered that a feed supply store really close to me has massive bales of pine shavings for $7! I'm so excited about this - up until now I was buying them at the pet store and they were RIDICULOUSLY expensive.

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