Chickens kicking their litter out of the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mjd, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. mjd

    mjd New Egg

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    Hi all, I'm wondering if anyone else has had the same issue and how you dealt with it.

    We have a nice-sized run for our 3 girls, and we use DLM with pine shavings. The girls love to dig through the litter - but in doing so they are kicking the litter out through the hardware cloth so there's constantly a pile all around the structure.

    We've been considering lining the inside of the run with some Plexiglas around the bottom, which would cut down on the escaping litter quite a bit. Does anyone see any problems with doing that?

    Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this!
     
  2. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plexi would work fine for that. I was cheap and used plastic carpet runner/protector stuff around the bottom, but plexi would hold up forever!
     
  3. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, Anything will work...i.e. 1" x 6" fence boards, plexiglas, plywood, etc... The main idea here is to keep the shavings in. Very simple. good luck.
    Erik
     
  4. mjd

    mjd New Egg

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    Thanks for the reply! How high up did you put yours? 8 inches? 12?
     
  5. Pharm Girl

    Pharm Girl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I had rain issues as well, so I used the whole runner.

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  6. mjd

    mjd New Egg

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    We're in the PNW too! Seattle, just a little North of downtown. We have part of our run roofed, and part without a roof, and on the drizzly days the chickens actually prefer being out in the drizzle! Weird.

    Thanks a lot for the photo. I love seeing what other people have created. We've been lurking here a long time, and my husband used this site extensively when designing our coop.

    Looks like it's time for a trip to Home Depot for some Plexi.....
     
  7. zoelovesmom

    zoelovesmom Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same problem, and all the litter outside the coop got rained on and nasty. I added metal mesh screening around the bottom, then I switched to sand instead of litter in the run. Still not crazy about the solution, as the sand has to be scooped like a cat box every day.
     

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