What to put in the bottom of the coop?

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

  1. murdeb

    murdeb Out Of The Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Sebastian, FL
    The coop is finished! We are picking up the chickens in the am and I am still confused about the what to put in the bottom of the run. There is a little area under the actual coop that I thought about putting sand in for dust baths. But am at a lost for the floor of the run area. I have heard to use sand, most people don't seem to like the straw, has anyone heard of Hemcore? I live in Florida where the weather is warm for the most part, we do live in a neighborhood so I want to keep the smell down. If you lay down sand, do you scoop it like a litter box? Any advice would be appreciated!
  2. ladyride

    ladyride Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 30, 2011
    East Tn
    Sand is good just scoop like kitty litter. Pine pellets or pine shavings you can sprinkle with food grade DE. All of these keep oder down. good luck !!
  3. sabianshepherds

    sabianshepherds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Quote:My vote too! Sand, with DE and sweet pdz.
  4. yellowirenut

    yellowirenut Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 27, 2011
    New haven, IN
    I know a guy who builds furniture for a hobby..i get all his shavings. It a size between commercial shavings and sawdust. Change it out every two weeks and it has a great oak smell.
    in the run i am going to put sand down..right now its clay dirt and get stinky in the rain
  5. wayne1614

    wayne1614 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 24, 2011
    I use ti have jus black dirt But I just put cand down a week ago and they love it! I have 24 chickens also in the coop I get shavings from a woos shop and I love those over the store bought they are fluffy and don't pack as tight
  6. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 6, 2011
    Pacific North West
    Quote:X2 about the sand the shavings are ok too shavings are what they are as long as it is not Cedar

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