You will find the concept of bedding has a wide range of solutions along with a wide range of proponents.
It really depends on where you live and what is available. Meaning Climate and existing soil for the outside run.... And if your run is covered. I am a fan of three things.... LOL.
for the Run:
1. Sand. For damp climates its awesome drainage you have to build containment for it though. at least six inches high around either with blocks or boards.
2. Bare ground.... what could be simpler
3. Rice hulls My personal favorite.
For the coop.
1 Rice hulls they stay dry and help dessicate the poo
2 Pine Shavings
All can be removed and composted.
Not a fan of straw personally because its heavy when it gets wet and retains moisture.... i have had horses for fifty years now and have never bedded with straw. But I have seen others struggle with it.... Nope life for me is too short.
For run I was thinking of sand--I live in south Texas and during summer can get up to 100 😅 The coop has pine shavings from TSC. What are rice hulls? I'll have to look those up.
By covered do you mean a roof? Both runs have a roof
Edited by mybrighteye - 4/3/16 at 11:17am