Cindy Skillman wrote:The suggestions so far are excellent. Another thing you might consider could be to put perches all along the floor of the coop part. I’d make them removable for easier cleaning. Make them close enough that walking on the floor isn’t necessary or even doable. If you did this, you could cut out the solid floor and replace it with wire, or if the run is secure enough, you could just leave it completely open down there. That should keep their bedroom clean. If this coop serves in a cold climate though, you may need to expand it. Imagine spending weeks or months locked up in that tiny apartment. Now is the time to deal with that challenge, not hours before the winter takes up arms (as I did... fortunately I had a handy tool shed to empty out and move them into.)
Cindy Skillman wrote:
I was glad to hear of your experiences with deep litter for your ducks because I’d like to get a breeding trio of ducks at some point. I LOVE deep litter with my chickens. If you really, really want to use it in the chickens’ coop, you could look at building on a deeper bottom, to contain it. I probably would lean that way if it were me, but I didn’t just kind of get stuck with someone else’s chickens like you did, and that definitely is a different situation. I think you’ll enjoy them—it was very kind of you to take them in.