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What do you use on the floor of your wooden coops?

Just wondering what ye use on the floor of your wooden coops that is fairly easy clean out & doesnít allow the wooden floor get too wet?

Iíve always used newspaper & itís easy lift out when dirt, but on the look out for other ideas.

Banshee Boss
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Sand and sawdust.

Desy
Monday, February 25th, 2019

I have always used sawdust.
Once you pick out the poop every few days and it doesnít get wet, it will last for a few weeks before it needs to be cleaned out.
Very easy to clean the sawdust out.

Poultry Keepers Club of Ireland (PKCI)
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Oops!
That above comment was supposed to be by me! :)

FionnG
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Thanks Desy & FionnG. Might have to see where the nearest sawmill is for some sawdust.

Any increase in mites or anything like that from using sawdust/sand?

What type of sand is best & where to get it from?

Banshee Boss
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Buy a 20kg bag of dry shavings in most coops for around a tenner. It would be better than fresh saw dust from the mill as It would be dryer.

Tw
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Thanks Tw. Pretty sure my local co-op sells the shavings alright.

Do you find hens more inclined to lay in the shavings rather than in the near boxes?
Do you put anything underneath the shavings as a layer between shavings & wood?

Banshee Boss
Monday, February 25th, 2019

i put lino on wooden floor of sheds an woodshavings on floor an in nest boxes , dont use sawdust, as it can cause respiatory an eye problems in the birds, i mix ant powder in the savings in the nest boxes to keep mites at bay.

pearl
Monday, February 25th, 2019

Lino...thatís a great idea. Just scrape it off & wash it down.
Do the poultry find it a bit slippery?

Banshee Boss
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Cover the floor in cheap or 2nd hand lino then sprinkle sawdust on top of this.It makes cleaning twice as quick .

Green Rooster
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

Sawdust can cause problems for hens eyes, I recommend chopper straw with a little hydrated lime sprinkled over it as a disinfectant and it is a great deterrent for mites

charlie
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Sawdust can cause problems for hens eyes, I recommend chopped straw with a little hydrated lime sprinkled over it as a disinfectant and it is a great deterrent for mites

charlie
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Shavings on the floor and in nest boxes no problems easy to clean only downside I find is takes a long time to break down in compost heap

Liam
Saturday, March 9th, 2019

I use a bale of wood shavings on the floor and I scatter a bucket of lime on the floor and perches before spreading the shavings. I do work the lime into the perches with a glove.seems to stop mites etc

Doctorsroomghost
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Straw or wood pellets - stay dry and very absorbant

Springwell
Wednesday, March 20th, 2019


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