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Can dampness of the floor of brooding house affect the

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can dampness of the floor of brooding house affect the chicken? If yes what is the remedy please
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  August Abbott, CAS replied 11 months ago.

There are multiple threats from a food and/or laying chic***** *****ving in damp condition. Probably the most health threatening is a fungal infection given that mold spores/fungus thrives in damp conditions. Birds are especially prone to fungal infections and this can not only become a health problem with regard to respiratory tract, but it can effect laying and quality of eggs

We raise our coops at least 6" off the ground - or at least give the roosting places space between the ground, such as elevated nesting boxes and perches

Use of shaved wood is preferable to hay unless you're ready to replace the hay every time it gets wet. Wood shavings can be raked or mucked out by layers whereas the hay is completely fouled when wet

Depending on where you live and what the weather is like right now, prepare for cold weather with a heat lamp (I choose a red light so it can be used at night without imitating daylight and giving the chickens no real rest period). The light is hung high and safe; wiring checked for exposure to elements and of course chickens.

You might also try using pallets, often free from local stores. Take a ride out behind big box stores and look for them; be sure to ask store owner/manager if they're ok to take. You'll be surprised at how easy it is to get these things. These are perfect 'elevators' of flooring in a coop

Break up some cardboard boxes to lay over the pallets and put your substrate (wood chips, not sawdust) on top and you should be good