Well, I wasn’t sure if I was going to post this because I was late with it (again) but then I decided ‘why not.’
Here are my chicks at 7 1/2 weeks.
They’ve been enjoying their run for the last two weeks. Playing in the grass, chasing bugs, and pecking around in the dirt. They even like going out in the rain, which is good because it’s all we’ve had for three days now. Today was the first sun we’ve seen in a while.
I’ve finally got the old tire for the dirt bath, but no dirt in it yet. That will be this weekend’s project.
The other project, or should I say, DH’s project, is going to be fixing up the coop a little more before we attempt moving the Reds into it. He needs to split it off, into two separate parts.
At the same time, I’d like to try something new with our bedding arrangements. Currently, I’m using a combination of pine shavings and straw. The pine on the floor and the straw in the layer boxes. The chickens pull the straw down so it’s on the floor anyway.
However, it’s time consuming to clean the straw out of the beds when it’s dirty and given that there’s twenty of them, it’s hard to keep it clean. I constantly ask myself how often I should be cleaning it out? How much should I use? Am I spending too much?
A friend of my father’s raises chickens and he used sawdust. He puts it on the floor of his coop, about 3 or 4 inches deep, and also in the laying boxes. Then, he uses a cat scoop to clean out the clumps where they poop, about every couple of days, according to him. He told Dad that he changes the sawdust maybe once a year.
Thoughts? Suggestions? What type of bedding do you use in your coops?