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Pea gravel in the run?

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Last year I filled our run with sand.  The sand has since washed away or mixed with the dirt making the run like concrete.  It holds water really bad and stinks.  I was thinking about filling the run with pea gravel this year hoping it would make it drain easier.  What are the pro and cons of this?  has anyone done this and is there any reason I shouldn't do this??

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post #2 of 12

Me too- I have very rich clay like sand that stinks and holds water.

 

Let me know what you come up with.

 

Pros: free grit

Cons: might be slippery

 

I'm considering pea gravel with sand on top. I used watched sand last time and might again, but I have a huge pen and need 2-3 cubic yards between the pea gravel and sand.

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post #3 of 12

I would use more sand.  If the soil won't drain, more sand would help.

 

Before you go to the garden center to buy bags of sand, consider the cost of having it delivered in bulk.  Or get to know someone with a pickup truck or handy trailer.

 

Chris

post #4 of 12

what about decomposed granite?  won't wash as readily, isn't too hard on their feet, & has more structure than sand?

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I would use more sand.  If the soil won't drain, more sand would help.

 

Before you go to the garden center to buy bags of sand, consider the cost of having it delivered in bulk.  Or get to know someone with a pickup truck or handy trailer.

 

Chris

 

I put a truck load of sand in there last September.  It is all gone/mixed into the soil now like concrete.  I was looking to use something bigger than sand.



 

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post #6 of 12

I had less then that but it turned into concrete/clay- mud... I'll get pictures if it will help.

 

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That started out white washed sand... ewwwww-

 

Right now most of it is moved out ready for new material.

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post #7 of 12

I had the same thing happen to me! About how big is that run, would you say? I've wondered if pea gravel would work, too.

 

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I had less then that but it turned into concrete/clay- mud... I'll get pictures if it will help.

 

df0256ee_nathasBirthdayandother168.jpeg

 

That started out white washed sand... ewwwww-

 

Right now most of it is moved out ready for new material.



 

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post #8 of 12

12*24*8

 

The covered part has wooden flooring.

 

 

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That's HUGE! I bet your chickens love it!

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Yes, they are very happy there. Thanks.

 

here's all of them:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/gallery/album/view/id/6177963/user_id/44847

 

I've removed that unnecessary cage and other things- have a new perch system. And more water for them.

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