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Bedding for the Run?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by JacobMaxwell, Feb 28, 2013.

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2013
    Because of the cold weather, my chicken tractor has been completely frozen down for a while now. Now that I can't move them, I need some bedding or something for the run. I tried shavings but they just got sopping wet and cold. Any ideas?
  2. Cyril04

    Cyril04 New Egg

    Mar 29, 2012
    What about a bale of straw? Good coverage and it will keep the chickens busy for a while......just a thought.
  3. howfunkyisurchicken

    howfunkyisurchicken Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 11, 2011
    I'd be worried about the straw molding if there's a chance its going to get wet, which it apparently is. Not to mention mites love to live in straw. What about sand? It will drain well which should help a little with freezing, especially if you rake it everyday.
  4. nova022

    nova022 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2012
    My run has a sand area, a straw area and a dirt area. The girls spend more time in the straw area than the other areas. I also have a straw area in their big pen and they love to scratch and scatter it about. So far I have had no trouble with mold or mites. I have also used leaves in the area where the straw is and they really like the leaves as well.

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