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We got some baby chicks bout 6 weeks ago and they are ready for outside. We bought a prefab coop from orschlean. Gonna raise it with landscape boards to help level it out. What do you all recommend to put on the floor ot the run or just leave it as grass?

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We got some baby chicks bout 6 weeks ago and they are ready for outside. We bought a prefab coop from orschlean. Gonna raise it with landscape boards to help level it out. What do you all recommend to put on the floor ot the run or just leave it as grass?

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Leave it as grass, they live having grass and dirt to play in. Is this the floor of the coop? Or a run? You might consider creating a deep litter if your birds will be in it full time.
Also, to help predator proof it, bury hardware cloth about six inches down around your coop and run to prevent digging animals from getting in.
Edited by OrganicFarmWife - 4/18/16 at 7:12am
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I’m envisioning one of those small elevated coops with an enclosed run. Yes, leave the grass. They will greatly enjoy eating it down and scratching in it until it is bare. They will even scratch up the roots and eat them. You may need to do something different later but for now, let them enjoy the grass.

To me the biggest thing about the coop and run is drainage. A wet coop/run is dangerous and will stink. If you can at all position it so water drains away from it. Avoid putting it in an area that collects water.

If it does get wet and stay wet or if it starts to stink, let us know and give us some information on how big it is, the drainage in the area, and things like that. Photos can really help. There are different techniques to handle that but which is appropriate for you will depend on your unique situation. Keeping it dry is important enough that I suggest you read this article. Good luck!

Pat’s Big Ol' Mud Page (fixing muddy runs):
http://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-fix-a-muddy-run

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 I grow a little impatient when people seem to think that they are unique in the world. Of course they are. Just like everyone else.

 

"If you make every game a life-and-death proposition, you're going to have problems. For one thing, you'll be dead a lot." — former North Carolina coach Dean Smith

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-much-room-do-chickens-need

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Drainage shouldn't be a problem. It's slightly down hill. The coop I got is 48 wide 72 long. Gonna raise it 4 more inches on top of 2 landscape timbers on the high side

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