Whats the best bedding

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chaneg78, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. chaneg78

    chaneg78 Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Hudson IN
    I use deep litter method in my coop with straw. But the straw gets really clumpy when they poop on it and it is hard to mix up. I use straw because I want to be able to till it into my garden for fertilizer and didn't think pine shavings would be very good for that. Anyone have a good solution or do the wood shavings work ok when tilled into the garden?

  2. cw

    cw Songster

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    pine shavings are great in the garden, some will say it ies up the availible nitrogen but leave it in the coop long enough and it will get hot like anything else.
  3. Capone

    Capone Songster

    Jul 27, 2009
    Rhode Island
    pine shaveings all the way
  4. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    Ditto.shavings is the way to go.
  5. goldielocks

    goldielocks Songster

    Sep 2, 2009
    Shavings...hands down.

    I just went thur this. I ran out of shavings and had straw on hand and used straw. I couldnt believe the difference in odor. Their coop was so stinky in a week that i couldnt believe it. The coop is 8 x 10 with 13 hens that are only in it to go roost. I ran to the store to get the shavings. Its been 3 weeks and the shavings still smell fresh.
  6. konjo

    konjo In the Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Santa Clarita, Ca
    Shavings for me, then after that I mix it in my compost bin.
  7. Chicken Fried

    Chicken Fried In the Brooder

    Dec 7, 2008
    Northeast Wisconsin
    Pine shavings for me also. I mix them up with a rake every few days and it is very absorbent.

  8. consdrs

    consdrs Songster

    Apr 4, 2008
    Vancouver, WA
    Sand, inside and out. I then I don't have to worry about the shavings. I did shavings last year in coop one. shavings are a pain and expensive. My chooks spend very little time in their coop so there is little poo other than on the dropping board. I just scoop the sand with a small shrub rake. having heavy soil the sand mixed into the soil is great. I can still see the shavings I tilled in last October! I have shavings in the nest boxes and a barrier to keep them in the nest boxes. I cant sing the benefits of sand enough.

  9. Amethyste

    Amethyste For Love of Boo...

    Sand is awesome if you can do it !! But if you have a raised coop like I do, the shaving are the better way to go... less weigjht on the supports you know. Sand is heavy!!

    But if you have a ground floor coop? Sand defintely.

    I have been using sand in my run and I love it [​IMG] Pine shavings inside the coop with a poop board under the roosts =pretty clean coop !!
  10. Peeplperson

    Peeplperson Songster

    Apr 15, 2009
    Pine shavings with a little DE. The girls mix it up every day, and I haven't noticed any smell. My coop has a vinyl floor that we just pick up & dump into the compost pile every 2 months or so.

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