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Cleaning a dirt run?

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I have 4 bantam chickens in a smaller run 8x8.  I have no trouble cleaning their coop, but I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for cleaning the chicken run.  Can I just hoe the poop under every once in a while, or is there an easier way to do it?

 

Also, I want them to be able to get as many insects, worms, etc that they can while in the run.  I assume they'll eat through every insect in a few days if they haven't already.  Any ideas on how to keep insects around for them to forage?

 

Thanks for the help.

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I do deep litter in my bantam run. I put grass clippings, hay, chopped up leaves, old mulch, weeds pulled out of the garden, food scraps, just pile it on, a bit at a time, the chickens turn it all in, in the summer it becomes a fluffy dry place to dig for worms and bugs, the poop disappears into the mix.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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I do deep litter in my bantam run. I put grass clippings, hay, chopped up leaves, old mulch, weeds pulled out of the garden, food scraps, just pile it on, a bit at a time, the chickens turn it all in, in the summer it becomes a fluffy dry place to dig for worms and bugs, the poop disappears into the mix.

I agree, adding layers of anything natural. Just keep covering that dirt. I never throw away weeds, just add them to the run. Makes for a healthy environment for beneficial bugs.

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Thanks guys!  That helps a lot.  Added some hay, and frost killed greens from the garden.  They seem pretty happy now.

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