Wood shavings on a dirt floor?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lorindaeb, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. lorindaeb

    lorindaeb Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a coop with a covered run that i have just sitting on the ground outside. It quickly became a dirt floor. Is it a good idea to lay down wood shavings on the dirt floor outside? (I have it inside the coop to absorb waste and change this about once a month.) It is a small coop that holds no more than 4 chickens, more and they would be over crowded.

    I'm just now sure if there is a point to it or not. Suggestions?
     
  2. KPenley

    KPenley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd opt for sand in a run unless you need compost material. If you do need compost then by all means put wood chips, leaves, grass clippings, etc in. The chickens will turn it for you!
     
  3. lorindaeb

    lorindaeb Out Of The Brooder

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    Great! Thanks for the info!!
     
  4. Mikee1948

    Mikee1948 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the cheapest non-colored pine mulch from Lowes. I love it, stays clean, easily raked, and my hens love it to take dust baths in.
     

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