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 In the Brooder

    Jul 8, 2014
    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 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    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.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2014
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