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What to put on the bottom of my coop and run - Page 2
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That's why I was wondering if you could take any bricks out. If you have bare soil, you can do the deep litter method in your run and only clean it once or twice a year.
On a hard surface you have to clean more often since there are no soil organisms to help break down the waste. So yes, you'll probably need to rake out the hay/straw/wood chips once a week or so and rake the sand. Since you have a nice roof you probably don't have to worry about the sand smelling (wet poopy sand really stinks!)
You will need to experiment a bit and see what works best.
Oh, you'll also want a tub - like a rubbermaid basin you wash dishes in - with sand/dirt/wood ashes/peat moss for them to take dust baths in.
Yes the person who made the plans said it needed to rest on brick or cement. I think she also was trying to protect animals from coming in.
Edited by OrganicFarmWife - 12/26/15 at 2:52pm
That's exactly what I was thinking. My old coop below was on cement blocks, slightly above ground level. (The hardware cloth extended another foot underground)
This pic was before I had finished the interior door or nestboxes - not that the chicken's cared!
But the ground in the run had wood shavings, grass clippings, etc. that just decomposed with the chicken waste as they scratched everything together.
I still miss that coop - it was so easy to clean!