May I see a picture of your finished run (or for that matter, pictures from anyone that has a covered run)? That would help me know how to describe to my Dad (unless it's really simple, I will need his help to make it) what I think we should do with ours. Thanks.
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Please let me know what you end up using. I live in the Eugene area also, and my chicken run is currently a work in progress, so would be curious to know what you end up using :)
GypsyHen and WyandotteIndeed,
I have thought about replacing our straw with wood chips (I'm concerned about them eating the straw, also I think the wood chips would last longer before they needed to be replaced), but was unsure about how it would work with their feet (I had someone tell me they thought bark mulch could be rough, and wood chips would be rougher, I thought). Given that you have use wood chips succesfully in the past, I am curious if you have any tips on setting that up. My parents don't want our chickens our of their run, so that would be on the wood chips most of the time.
Also, if I do stay with the straw, how often should that be replaced to keep it healthy (prevent mold and bacterial growth, etc)?
I use hay in part of the run (the other part I leave bare - I have a large run). It's really easy on their feet and they don't seem to eat it like they do straw. It's fairly inexpensive. Depending on the weather and how much time they're actually in the run, I change it out anywhere from a week to three weeks. Seems to work for me really well. I use pine shavings on the floor of the coop, and hay in the nest boxes.
FYI all Salem area chicken keepers.
Gretchen Anderson of Backyard Chicken Fight will be holding two seminars this weekend at the Polk County AgFest. Saturday at 11:00 - Secrets of a Lazy Urban Chicken Keeper. Sunday at 1:00 - Other Tips on Raising a Flock from Chick to Hen.
Edited by Stephanie R - 2/27/16 at 9:34am
I'm from the Columbia River Gorge area. Nice to 'meet' you all. A little about me, I have about 6 years of chicken keeping experience. I have 10 hens currently, though the spring chick fever is starting to settle in.lol.
I use pine shavings in coop and run. The old shavings get spread out in our orchard and garden. For us it works and keeps mud at tolerable levels.
What breeds does everyone have? I have red sexlinks, speckled sussex, barred rocks, and easter eggers. I'm looking to add blue laced red Wyandotte, cuckoo marans, and mottled javas. Cream legbars are on the 'one day' list.
Hope you all have a great day!!! Cheers!!
We live in the Aloha/Beaverton area, we have ten hens of different breeds with the exception of three who happen to be leghorns, we have one RIR, One black sex link,
one red sex link, one buff of some breed, one (who I forgot what she is, she is all black with a pea comb lays green eggs) OK, I forgot there are two that are suppose to be Welsomers.
We use pine shavings in their nesting boxes plus on the floor of their coop. They have free roam of the yard and only go in at night I then come behind them and shut and lock their door.
We have been raising the girls for three years now. We use the spent shavings in our garden and compost.
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- Wing Shadow Farm
I'm way down in the Roseburg area. I only have 3 EE girls left that are almost 4 yrs old. I get enough eggs from them to keep me happy. Right now, the big coop/run that was here when I bought the place is occupied by my last remaining turkey girl Pippi who is 7 yrs old. When she is gone, I plan on getting more chickies. :D