What to floor the coop with? Cedar killed my Brigitte :(

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by brigitte_the_leghorn, Jul 16, 2011.

  1. brigitte_the_leghorn

    brigitte_the_leghorn Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a concrete run and I liked to give the hens a section squared off which bit of a 'soil run...' they use it to dustbathe and scratch around. But recently I put cedar shavings on top which stated they were poultry safe, but stupid me put it down and I think my sweet Brigitte was poisoned [​IMG] I need to put something down that can [somewhat] absorb any smell, will not rot and is SAFE for my girls. I removed ALL cedar bedding and I'm ready to start over. Thanks for your help and compassion.

    R.I.P. my sweet Brigitte
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  2. Kaitie09

    Kaitie09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get pine shavings instead.
     
  3. ThinkingChickens

    ThinkingChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand might be good. I used cedar chips for the first while (organic, untreated) and I didn't lose any birds. I hope you figure out what happened and I'm sorry for your loss.
     
  4. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use dried leaves in my covered run.

    Edited to say: I'm sorry about Briditte. She was very pretty.
     
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  5. brigitte_the_leghorn

    brigitte_the_leghorn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks guys, I've done some light research on river sand...what is your opinion on using straight soil besides that it's messy? Would sand be better?
    Again, thanks a lot!
     
  6. franklinchickens

    franklinchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a mix of pine shavings and playground sand for the run. It was 2 separate areas but quickly became mixed up. My girls free range during the day but I find them in the run pretty often dusting themselves and digging holes. Of course they do this in the yard too but they seem to like the sand & shavings because it is easy to practically bury themselves!
    I should add that our COOP has a vinyl floor and is raised above the run. They only go in there to roost & lay. The run is underneath and that is where the sand/shavings mix is. It doesn't really get poopy or smelly because it isn't where they live all the time.
     
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  7. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we use equine pellets & pine shavings . [​IMG]
     
  8. maizy'smom

    maizy'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw a thread on here a few days ago, I think it was about dust baths, that used peat mulch mixed with sand and DE(?). The post-er's girls seemed to love it. The also had something about using a children's green plastic, turtle-shaped sand box(with a lid) as a dust bath. I just mention that so you can recognize which post it is, if you go looking.

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  9. brigitte_the_leghorn

    brigitte_the_leghorn Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks so much guys! Heading to the store now for pine and sand...will keep ya'll posted on how they like it
     

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