Advice for Chicken Coop "floor"


10 Years
Apr 29, 2009
I am new at raising chickens. I have 3- 6 month old hens. We have built a raised hen house with an attached chicken run that is 5x8. The hens have the rub of the yard twice a day to forage as well. We have very sandy soil here on the Central Coast of California and I have not added anything to the bottom of the run. It is very dry here and I have redirected the sprinklers away from the run. The soil is very sandy and dry but after reading other posts I am wondering if I need to put something down? The hens dig holes and refill them all day long, constantly burying their poop. It is rare to see any standing poop in the run. I have never wormed my chickens either. Am I doing this right or wrong?
Nope, whatcha got is just fine

I have never wormed my chickens either.

Most people on BYC do not worm unless there are actual *signs* of worms; a few worm annually during a period when they can afford to sacrifice the eggs.

What you're doing sounds fine to me
Good luck, have fun,

I have a coop and a 10x10 run with sand I had put in flock will dust bathe in the run....dig holes to lay in and even go under the coop that I made up high for that reason and sleep and dig holes and lay to cool off...this is normal...once a day I go in and Hoe it to soft and sift the dirt, they love it so much they follow me around when I Hoe, that Im afraid Im gonna pop one on the head!!! Its crazy, I can change positions and they rush to the other side. The love digging up once I do this for treasures.

Then every 2-3 days I put a mister on the run, and chickens,...I live in Texas and it gets hot....they love being out in the mister, and doing the moon walk on the run...once its wet, I again get the Hoe to soften up the sand for them and then the sand is now cool and they go crazy.
If you want a worm preventative that allows you to continue to eat the eggs, Verm-X is one that I use. It's all natural but it is a preventative, and will not de-worm a bird that already has an infestation. It's always a good idea to keep an eye on your chickens droppings as it may be the first clue you have a worm problem.
Thanks everyone for all of your advice. Sometimes I wonder if I'll ever know enough. Thanks again!
Sounds like what you have is perfect! Dry is good!

About worming, on the other hand, from hanging out in the "Emergencies," section, I see it is recommended to worm twice a year. All the instructions on that are available.
Verm-X can be given, even if they DO NOT have prevent, is that correct? Im assuming a feed store sells it???

and what age can you start it???


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