For those of you who keep chickens, what type of "litter" method do you use in your coop?
We have been using hay, but that has resulted in 2 of our chickens dying of impacted crops, and otherwise having their innards clogged with lay, which their water or food had spilled into. My chicken co-housing chicken coop and I are trying to find ways to prevent this happening to any more of our chickens.
I've been really happy with the sand. When it rains, you need to move it around quickly or replace it because the poop and sand get really stinky, but it looks like your coop is mostly indoors. We have our coop on our deck. Two 60 lb bags filled our coop.
Thank you to all who have responded to my question with wisdom from their/your own experiences!
On our chicken co-op email thread, we have discussed switching to sand and the possibility that they did not get enough grit because the container we placed the grit in may have been troublesome for them to access....or they just didn't like it. We will be experimenting with different containers to see if more gets consumed than before.