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Bedding for the Run?

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

  1. JacobMaxwell

    JacobMaxwell Songster

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    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 Hatching

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

    howfunkyisurchicken Crowing

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    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.
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  4. nova022

    nova022 Songster

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    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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