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Can I put pine chips in mud

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by freeportchicks, Apr 14, 2016.

  1. freeportchicks

    freeportchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2015
    My run is all muddy and I was wondering if I put some pine chips in it will they rot or mold and smell bad
  2. mimsy

    mimsy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    I would built up the run first with some gravel at first level, so there is good drainage, then sand, then you can toss in wood shavings, leaves, weeds whatever you want and it should rain off pretty well.
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  3. freeportchicks

    freeportchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 1, 2015
    I already have my run build but I will try to what you said
  4. Lukedawg

    Lukedawg Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 12, 2015
    Akron, IN
    Just keep in mind that although I have tried to put it off and ignore it my hens love and need to have a dry loose dirt or sandy area to bath in. I let them free range the whole yard about 1 or 2 days a week besides that they stay in their coop and fenced run where I do not have an area for them to dust bath... But those two days they go near my woods where some saw dust is from tree cutting and they line up and all bath for about 2 hours worth and just sit in it. So if your at it already try and build up and area that will stay dry and have some saw dust or sand preferred for them to bath!!
  5. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just add wood chips if available.

    A lot of chips, like 6 to 12 inches deep to start.

    The top will dry, the birds will love digging into them.

    If the chips get muddy, you didn't add enough.

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