What to use for bedding?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rhodeislandred1, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. rhodeislandred1

    rhodeislandred1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have my coop on the sement part of my backyard (right by my house). I'm tired of scraping the poop off. And now, I'm having an ant and fly problems. I want an easier way to keep the coop clean. If you want a picture of my coop, please let me know. Thank you. :)
     
  2. anirishfarmer

    anirishfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi ya [​IMG]

    i have similar set up with a cement base

    i added shredded car tires to mine, about 2 inch deep

    i lift the poop weekly in a bin with holes

    and just wash it clean again and re use[​IMG]



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  3. anirishfarmer

    anirishfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    here is my set up
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  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Pine shavings are cheap, smell good, and are easy to clean up
     
  5. rhodeislandred1

    rhodeislandred1 Out Of The Brooder

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    That looks great.
    Thanks :)
     
  6. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

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    I have used all types of litter for coops.

    I have not tried sand (sand gets good reviews on this site).

    Of all the things I tried to date wood pellets have been the best. (I tried wood pellets as a last resort when pine shavings were not available.) They are super absorbent and swell up and eventually turn to saw dust. The droppings just seem to vanish and turn to dust when it comes in contact with wood pellets .

    Replace my litter and clean my coop every October after I harvest my garden.


    Works for me in my deep litter method.

    I do add to pellets from time to time.

    I have 63 trips around the sun so it is not my first rodeo.

    I have anywhere from 10 to 15 birds housed in my 4x8 coop.

    Through the winter months it froze harder than concrete with -40º temperatures. The poop froze before it could be absorbed by the pellets and there was like a crusty layer of poop in certain areas where they collectively took aim (no smell, messy feet or flies @ -40º). Come April things started to look after themselves.

    Oh I might add I do have poop boards 3½" below my roost that I clean every 2 to 3 days (excellent for catching eggs laid through the night).

    In my nest boxes I fold a feed bag to fit (nest boxes are 1 ft³). When a bag gets soiled; fold a new one; pop out the soiled; pop in the new.

    Easy peasy!.

    Chicken coop is salvaged 4x8 metal shed.


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  7. farmchickutah

    farmchickutah Out Of The Brooder

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    I have dirt floor in my old coop and have put down a couple inches of sand. I can get pine shavings but maybe I should try the wood pellets. We get really cold here too in the winter.
     
  8. rhodeislandred1

    rhodeislandred1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for ideas :D
     
  9. Andykronsch

    Andykronsch Out Of The Brooder

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    great idea. where do you get shredded tires?
     
  10. anirishfarmer

    anirishfarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm from Ireland and got mine here at crumb rubber

    i know more places do it ,as it's an echo way of tire disposal

    the poop doesn't stick to the tire

    I collect the poop weekly, and wash it with a hose, in a bin with holes in the bottom

    then I put jeyes fluid in a watering can and give it a good drenching all over [​IMG]


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