Keeping Mud down in winter--Woodchips, sand?
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Make sure any drainage problems are fixed, as that's most important. A roof over all or part of the run is great if you have lots of snow too. I thing bagged shavings, wood chips, or anything the chickens can scratch around in, will work best. People who use sand seem to be doing a lot of poo scooping, and deep litter takes much less effort to maintain. I'm about easy care, myself. Mary
Use what was delivered from the tree company.
Go deep, as in 8-10 inches deep.
Top will stay dry, bottom will slowly decompose, like in 2 years slow.
Just add as necessary to keep the depth.
No mud, stink, or flies.
Thank you all! I just started adding the chips to the run today! The girls loved it. It was fun to watch as they tried tasting the chips, but letting them drop out of their beaks. They loved all the bugs in the chips too. I think this will give entertainment for hours. Looking forward to not seeing flies anymore!
Dry manure will not stink.
How deep are the chips?