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Best covering for floor of run

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ShellieD, Jun 5, 2016.

  1. ShellieD

    ShellieD New Egg

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    We are just putting the finishing touches on our coop my hubby built and plan to move the girls in within a few days. I'm a first time chicken farmer, so I am curious as to what you guys suggest for the floor of the run. My husband put chicken wire across the floor area to prevent critters from digging in. The coop and run will be on dirt and is fairly large, so moving it will be next to impossible. Should I use sand or shavings or hay?
     
  2. Cynthia12

    Cynthia12 Always Grateful Premium Member

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    I use shavings in the coop, nothing in the run..it's dirt. :) I use straw in the winter, as we get snow here.
    I worry about straw. There's critters in thar straw. :p
     
  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Water Under the Bridge Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
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  4. CTKen

    CTKen Monkey business Premium Member

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    Hi and welcome to BYC. You have some good advice from @Cynthia12 - for further info, type - "covering for runs" in the search box and see what pops up.

    All the best
    CT
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    a lot of folks use sand
     
  6. FridayYet

    FridayYet Innocent Bystander

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    Welcome to BYC! I like deep litter, lots of mixed organic materials that the chickens can scratch in. You don't have to clean it much once it gets going.

    Good luck!
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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