morning byc, I was wondering can you use straw in the same way as a deep layer instead of using shavings? Since my hubby built my new coop which is 10 ft x 9ft ish I have been putting down straw around 1 1/2 bales over the dirt floor, the coop is very warm inside for 7 chicken and 3 ducks, its spring here at the moment. I think i have just answered my only question lol!
Anyway, our biggest problem is the run, its not very big around 6 ft wide x 14 ft long, we put a small pool (when i say pool its a plastic raised bed for planets, but as size and space is an issue for me, at least its deep enough for then to do what ducks do) in one corner of the run for the ducks, at the moment the run is just dirt i was thinking of turfing the area for them put why waste money as they will only destroy the grass, what would be the best material for the run especially as the ducks in their pool is making the dirt floor yucky. I was thinking of putting the old straw out there when I replace the straw in the coop! Although, we have around 1/2 ton of ballest, basically builders sand mixed with hardcore left over from when we paved our front garden several years ago, when the girls free range we always find them digging in the ballest. We could take out the biggest pieces of hardcore and but whats left into the run. Would this help with the ducks and the yuck puddle they are creating? Any suggestion would be of great help. Julie x