Chicken run question

ChickenDude12345

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So I have a 8 x 20 foot run and my 12 chicken have turned the place into a barren wasteland. I just kept though tall grass that was there and let them eat it. In the next two or three weeks I’m planning to free range most of the time. Should I put something on the ground in the run. I feel like if I put sand it will give them nothing to do? Should I just leave it if they’re gonna be out most of the time?
 

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Most people use some kind of litter in the run to keep odor, flies, and mud under control.

Coarse wood chips, the sort you get from a tree-trimming service, are often considered the gold standard for this application but any dry organic material that you have locally available can be used -- with different advantages and disadvantages.

Where, in general, are you located? Climate matters. :)

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ChickenDude12345

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Most people use some kind of litter in the run to keep odor, flies, and mud under control.

Coarse wood chips, the sort you get from a tree-trimming service, are often considered the gold standard for this application but any dry organic material that you have locally available can be used -- with different advantages and disadvantages.

Where, in general, are you located? Climate matters. :)

You can put it into your profile and people will be able to give you targeted advice to suit your conditions.
I live in northern nh
 

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Should I put something on the ground in the run.
I would say... Yes.
They may free range most the time, but might not if you have a predator event or during winter.


I live in northern nh
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I live in northern nh

I don't have advice for cold climate chicken-keeping -- though I would expect that a good, thick layer of litter would help with the problem of a winter's worth of frozen poop all thawing at once in the spring. I suggest that you go to your state thread and get advice from people who know your conditions intimately.

Here's the NH thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/new-hampshire.357963/

And here is BYC best cold-weather chickeneering article: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/cold-weather-poultry-housing-and-care.72010/
 

ChickenDude12345

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I don't have advice for cold climate chicken-keeping -- though I would expect that a good, thick layer of litter would help with the problem of a winter's worth of frozen poop all thawing at once in the spring. I suggest that you go to your state thread and get advice from people who know your conditions intimately.

Here's the NH thread: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/new-hampshire.357963/

And here is BYC best cold-weather chickeneering article: https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/cold-weather-poultry-housing-and-care.72010/
Thanks!
 

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