What to put in the coop

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by team guava pastry, Apr 1, 2009.

  1. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just finished the coop and I'm getting ready to put the girls in, it has a dirt floor and my question is
    should I leave it dirt or put some sod in it before I put the chickens in.

    It's staionary so what ever I put stays. They will free range when I'm home. In the back yard.

    thanks
    looking forward to that first eggggggggg
     
  2. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put some shavings down, so they can cuddle up in it...
     
  3. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They would just eat the grass,,wouldnt last long. So some pine shavings is all I would put in it.
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

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    I use straw and pine shavings on my dirt floor. Some use hay, sand sawdust, shredded paper, Dri-Stall (for horses I think) and various other things. The old folks around here just left the dirt bare.

    Cedar is the only no-no I know of.
     
  5. ausamerican33

    ausamerican33 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put down shavings. I move my coop every couple of months. However, if I can't move it - like now b/c we have had so much rain - then I shovel out the shavings in the nastiest spots - under the roosts, and put down some lime and then some clean shavings.
     
  6. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

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    I use straw and dried leaves. They seem to love it.
     
  7. team guava pastry

    team guava pastry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks for the input. straw and shaving seems to be the best .

    When they free roam they can nibble on the grass in the yard.

    tgp
     

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