1. can't get enough chicken

    can't get enough chicken Songster

    Jun 30, 2010
    I was wondering what people used for the ground of their run? Also what do you use as roofing for your run? If you have pictures for roofing or even the ground of your run I would love to see them because when it rained my run turned into mud!!! HELP!!! Is sand okay?
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Uh oh...you double posted. I just use dirt/grass in my run. Because mine free range quite a bit, it stays grassy, not muddy. But the bantam coop I'm building now will have a layer of small gravel with a few inches of sand on top of that (so feathered feet will stay cleaner). My big coop doesn't have a covered run, but my bantam coop will...just metal roofing screwed onto wooden rafters. No pics of my bantam coop posted yet, but my big coop is on my BYC page.
  3. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

    Apr 18, 2009
    St. Charles, MO
    I put Pea Gravel down in my run, that seems to keep it dry and their feet clean. I also periodically add a bag of sand to help keep it dry as well as give them some grit. My chickens free range whenever I'm home and that seems to be when they get themselves the dirtiest/muddiest. Somehow they always find a way to get clean again.
  4. pusskatkins

    pusskatkins Songster

    Jun 18, 2010
    Sand and fine gravel is good for saving the tootsies. Sometimes I pour an entire bag of granite and spread it. It works for me!

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