Why pine shavings or sand or anything on coop floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cwenbass, Sep 7, 2014.

  1. cwenbass

    cwenbass Out Of The Brooder

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    Took me a week and I m real proud. Did not put in poop deck so I m cleaning poop from shavings. My question is, why put in bedding? My girls only go in at night and sit on roost. I have shavings on floor which is sticky tile on plywood and shavings in nesting boxes. Can I just keep peel and stick tile down without shavings. Would be easy to clean
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes, you probably could just have the tile floor, without shavings on top. It would certainly make cleaning easier. However, there are a few advantages to shavings:

    Odor control: Shavings and other bedding absorb moisture, which lessens the odor in a chicken coop. This makes it more pleasurable for both humans and chickens to spend their time in the coop. It also attracts fewer flies/other insects.

    Cushioning: Bedding provides a softer landing for chickens when they jump down from a roost. Jumping onto a hard floor, be it concrete or tile, is probably a lot more stressful on a bird's body than landing on a soft pile of shavings. Hard floors can occasionally cause leg and joint problems with chickens, or may lead to inflammation of the foot and future bumblefoot.

    Insulation: Chickens are pretty good about staying warm in the winter, However, if temperatures get frigid, they'll appreciate any insulation they can get. Bare tile floors have a tendency to get cold quickly, and won't insulate the hens from the cold ground very well. A layer of bedding helps at least a little when it comes to winterizing coops.
     
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