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Best covering for floor of run

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We are just putting the finishing touches on our coop my hubby built and plan to move the girls in within a few days. I'm a first time chicken farmer, so I am curious as to what you guys suggest for the floor of the run. My husband put chicken wire across the floor area to prevent critters from digging in. The coop and run will be on dirt and is fairly large, so moving it will be next to impossible. Should I use sand or shavings or hay?
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I use shavings in the coop, nothing in the run..it's dirt. :)   I use straw in the winter, as we get snow here.

   I worry about straw.  There's critters in thar straw.  :p

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Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some good advice from @Cynthia12 - for further info, type - "covering for runs" in the search box and see what pops up. 

 

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post #5 of 7
a lot of folks use sand

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Welcome to BYC! I like deep litter, lots of mixed organic materials that the chickens can scratch in. You don't have to clean it much once it gets going.

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Welcome to BYC :frow Glad you joined us! Sand is a popular one: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/444759/got-sand-you-should/0_30 Especially if it rains/snows much where you are. 

 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

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