What should I put down?


Apr 13, 2015
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I just got the chicken coop. We don't want to put it on the grass, since sprinklers go on in the morning and we like to play there. We have to put it in smooth cement, and I was wondering what we should put down. I need a answer quickly because we will have to build it soon! I know you guys will have an great answer because you guys are awesome!

Ps. I would like to know how good Dominique's are good with heat and cold. We have hot summers and cold winters( although it doesn't snow or get below 48 degrees.)
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Hello there and welcome to BYC!

You might try sand. Sand is very easy to maintain, it repels flies, absorbs poop and the smells and what is nice is you can hose it down in the summer time and along with a fan, you can keep your birds really cool. Birds loose heat through their feet. So cool feet mean cooler birds. I switched to sand from standard bedding in the coop and run and I will never go back to bedding again! Sand sand and more sand!! Here is a thread on sand if you need more info on it....https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/444759/got-sand-you-should

As for Dominiques, I have never kept them so I can't be sure if they are heat tolerant or not. However you might stop by the Dominique thread and ask those that own them how the do in the heat and cold...https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/301766/dominique-thread

Enjoy this new adventure you are on and welcome to our flock!
I don't know about heat but, any chicken should be able to winter with temps. not below 48 degrees. That would pass as spring weather here. I'm guessing your summer temps aren't bad either. I think I'd be enjoying your climate. Welcome to BYC.
I'm in Georgia and know folks have raised Dominiques even in south Ga, our summers are quite hot and humid. Hope this helps.

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