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Added new pics of chicken pen!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by ptkds, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. ptkds

    ptkds Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    I added a page with pics of our chicken pen! It still needs some finishing work, but the chickens love it (except for 1 who keeps escaping!).
    Just view my page!

    How do I add it to the Chicken Coop page?
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2009
  2. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009

    Kiss your grass there goodbye!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Nice big run... get some sand in there quick.
  4. ptkds

    ptkds Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    I'm still kinda new to all of this.
    Why put sand in there? I thought the chickens liked the grass?
  5. Luna_Chick66

    Luna_Chick66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2009
    NE Pennsylvania
    Quote:Because chickens like to scratch the ground and dust bathe.
  6. chaoschicken

    chaoschicken Cackleberry Crazy

    Jun 23, 2009
    Washington State

    Looks very nice.

    Sand is great after the chickens decimate the grass. Do they love to kill it. It's also a great dust bath option, less muddy and grit!

    I can't wait to sand my soon to be no grass run.
  7. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 29, 2009
    That will be a very big run for them to enjoy. A friend of mine also does the dog pen style enclosure. He buys them from craiglist. They seem to work good for him.
  8. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Some of my chickens have dug up all their grass and others still have plenty in their runs. It depends on the chickens. [​IMG]
    My banty Cochins and my Silkies only walk the fence line and never disturb the grass in the middle. I have to constantly keep it cut. [​IMG]
    Now the standard Cochins had theirs to dirt in about 2 weeks but my Barnevelders and Wheaten Marans never touch their grass to eat it or scratch it but they do walk all over it and keep it pushed down so I don't mow theirs. [​IMG]
  9. mandelyn

    mandelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2009
    Goshen, OH
    The sand also drains better after rain, and you can rake it, treat it a little like cat litter, to keep the smell down. I don't know if you've heard, but chickens crap A LOT. You don't even want to know how many flies hang around if you don't keep on top of it. The sand helps a lot compared to hard packed dirt or clay that's left after grass is gone.

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