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Need suggestions for best ground cover for my new chicken coop

post #1 of 6
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My dear husband has built me a chicken coop and I need to know what would be the best ground cover.  The coop and run are on a dirt only area of my backyard. 

Thanks,

Sunsetlady

post #2 of 6

Different people do different things.  I use pine wood shavings on dirt in my coop.  I left the run dirt.

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Edited by Ridgerunner - 10/18/09 at 7:56am

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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post #3 of 6

You might want to ask a mod to move this to the correct forum...you'll probably get more answers.

Chickens will destroy anything you try and plant as a ground cover so you'd be better off to put a layer of gravel/sand down in your run.

I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #4 of 6
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Thanks, I appreciate your response.  They already have sand in their run and I guess I'll buy some hay tomorrow to place on top of the sand and inside their coop too.

post #5 of 6

coop area wood shavings, and sand is WONDERFUL for the run area wink

Wife of a man who 'balances' me, mother of a son who proudly served our country and is "dad" to my grandaughter <chihuahua> Josie. ANd mom the the  most loving daughter ever who has made me the proudest  grama of of *Zac* :-)        and.... owned by two shih tzus,  three cats, 6 redstars, and two EE hens.  A blessed woman :-)
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Wife of a man who 'balances' me, mother of a son who proudly served our country and is "dad" to my grandaughter <chihuahua> Josie. ANd mom the the  most loving daughter ever who has made me the proudest  grama of of *Zac* :-)        and.... owned by two shih tzus,  three cats, 6 redstars, and two EE hens.  A blessed woman :-)
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post #6 of 6

I agree sand is better in the run than hay.  It will stay drier which means it is less likely to smell and is easier to clean.  You can use hay, straw, wood chips, wood shavings, whatever you want in the coop, but I find hay and straw tends to clump together and can be harder to remove when it is time to clean it out.  I don't know your size or set-up.  If it is a small coop, the hay might work fine.  Of course, you can always try one thing and if that does not work out for you, you can come back with something different.

Good luck!

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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

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Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought....Abraham Lincoln (Freedom carries responsibility)

The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right.....Judge Learned Hand  (The more sure your are that your way is the only right way, the more likely you are wrong.)

 

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

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