Originally Posted by BirdsInParadise
The small shack on end will be their shade shack. I will be placing this on the north side of my house, not where it is now, which will get a little AM sun and a bit of late afternoon sun (house blocks out from 10-4/5) Minimal DIRECT. They will be free ranging for most of the time and I've planned on setting up a few shade/watering stations around the yard. I'm also going to cage in under the coop. Do the birds NEED ample sun?
Thanks for the reply, Bruce.
I appreciate all the advice I can get and all the knowledge I can acquire.
The birds make the permanent move to outside in roughly 2 weeks!
Edit: Also, the run will be in dirt as someone suggested that the birds would prefer the dirt.
In your opinion does this sound correct?
chickens will take dirt and sun bath.. so provide them access to the sunlight and dirt would be ideal
i tried various things ..
shredded papers, bare earth ground, cardboard, pine shavings
now i use pine shavings in the coop and half of the run.. the other half of the run i left it plain dirt if they want to dig
but i noticed they like my garden soil more .. since it's a lot easily to dig into soft/loose soil..
bare earth is fine but cover it with pine shavings for odor and moisture control.. i didn't use any pine shavings for the run the first few weeks and there are flies everywhere and the smell is pretty bad. You can smell it when you walk closer to the run so i use pine shavings for the run floor too over bare earth
pine shavings will also allow the chickens to dig if they want
personally i like pine shavings-- less/zero dust/ odor and moisture control and it's pretty easy to clean the floor of the coop and run.
i bought my pine shavings from wal-mart.. but tractor supply company also have pine shavings(cheaper) (fine or flake)