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    Default Planning for winter: winter bedding

    Hi All

    Apologies if this has been posted before

    What is best for wintering your chucks, at the moment they have wood shavings, however with my earlier bout of red mite I thought i'd red not to use straw/hay

    We have an ark, which until I can get the OH to build me a new one....I need to think of ways of keeping the water from soaking in under the eaves -

    I thought about a contraption to fit over the ark roof, eg a removable ply roof with roofing felt over it, which would act as a saddle type affair

    All ideas welcome

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    How about stapling some bubble wrap - the sort you insulate greenhouses with - over the top of the ark. That'd serve as warmth and waterproofing and easy to remove when you don't need it. The other thing I've seen are sort of ridge tiles made of Onduline; only thing is they're quite flared out so may not work. I tried it on my little broody ark and it was too wide. You could put some carpet over the ark and remove during the day.
    I've been using newspaper under perches to keep red mite at bay thro summer but with the colder nights I'm about to start putting Hemcore down again to insulate the floor.
    We do worry about these girls don't we! I plodded a mile thro thick snow 3 times a day last winter to get to them and give them porridge!

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    I'm thinking about putting Hemcore down again now that the warm weather's gone away. 3 of the Bluebelles laid eggs during the night (or early morning) and they were still on their perches so I had smashed eggs At least with soft bedding they've got more chance of bouncing
    My girls found their way into my heart and now they nest there

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    Maureen, is hemcore expensive, never used it?

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    It's around 8 a big bale and it goes a long way! I use it in nest boxes, on the coop floor (in the winter and really wet weather), and to soak up the puddles in the run. It smells nice and it composts down quite quick. I get it from Wynnstay
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    My 3 have only been perching for a couple of weeks and since then I've put the shavings at the back two thirds of the coop and newspaper under the perches. I just lift the poopy sheet of newspaper out from under the perch in the morning.

    Maybe I'll spread the shavings all over the floor for warmth and lay the newspaper over the top underneath the perches.

    I need to find something better than the ashphalt roof too, which allows the water to puddle and makes the interior damp.
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    I'm just going with a thicker layer of Hemcore. Our houses have one design flaw, which is that when the large access door at the back is opened there is nothing to stop the bedding falling out, (and, naturally, they always think that's the best place to pile it up) but this does make cleaning easy as the litter can just be swept out. OH has his thinking cap on and is hopefully going to come up with a way to keep deeper litter in whilst still allowing it to be swept out and for any water used in cleaning to be swept away too. Probably some sort of removable plank which can slot in for most of the time and be lifted out for cleaning
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    I'm using a shower curtain over the ark to stop the rain ... and woodchip in the run. In the loft of the ark, I use newspaper on the floor and shredded paper and straw in the nest box. Seems OK so far ...

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