what kind of bedding/litter to use in coop?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ChickenMommy, Apr 3, 2007.

  1. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What should I use in the coop on the floor? Currently I am using pine pellets and straw. How often do I need to clean it out and/or add more? I am new to this any advice would be most apprecieated!
     
  2. wynedot55

    wynedot55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2007
    if you really want to bed your henhouse.go to your local feedstore an get those big baggs of shavings.they cost $4 a bagg.
     
  3. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shavings make a good bedding. It good to clean out the coop about once every 2 months. Just add shavings as needed.
     
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  4. AccidentalFarm

    AccidentalFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that some people use a product called "dry stall" or another called "sweet pdz" under the shavings to keep down moisture and smell.
     
  5. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:do you not bed yours? I didnt know it was an option. what do you do?
     
  6. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:do you not bed yours? I didnt know it was an option. what do you do?

    You don't have to put anything on the floor. Bedding makes it easier to clean, and gives them something to dust/scratch in.
     
  7. ChickenMommy

    ChickenMommy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    how often do you clean it out?
    Do you clean everything out and start with all fresh stuff?
    I have heard people doing deep litter method...how does this work?
     
  8. Rooster01

    Rooster01 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I clean mine pen out about once every 2 months.


    Quote:Yes, That is the best and easiest way. IMO


    Quote:You start out with a few inches of shavings and add as needed till it gets very thick. You have to "fluff" the shavings to keep them from forming a concrete mass. As it composts, It keeps the chickens warm during the winter. You normally clean out the coop twice a year.
     
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  9. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is not set cleaning schedule, it all depends on how many birds you have and how quickly they dirty it. I have heard of people cleaning their coop only once a year, but I find it better to clean frequently as to avoid disease and parasites. I have 8 chickens in a 12X5 coop and I clean about once a month. I use pine shavings and add some hay/straw in the winter. I dont clean that much in the winter, I like the bedding to pile up so it keeps the floor insulated.
     
  10. ChrisnTiff

    ChrisnTiff Out Of The Brooder

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    We use anything dry and available. Pine shavings as a base, paper shreds from junk mail, dry leaves in the fall, any leftover hay or straw, even pine needles will work. Almost anything thats dry can go in. Good luck,

    Chris
     

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