Cleaning a dirt run?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bkruss, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. bkruss

    bkruss New Egg

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    I have 4 bantam chickens in a smaller run 8x8. I have no trouble cleaning their coop, but I'm wondering if anyone has any good ideas for cleaning the chicken run. Can I just hoe the poop under every once in a while, or is there an easier way to do it?

    Also, I want them to be able to get as many insects, worms, etc that they can while in the run. I assume they'll eat through every insect in a few days if they haven't already. Any ideas on how to keep insects around for them to forage?

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    I do deep litter in my bantam run. I put grass clippings, hay, chopped up leaves, old mulch, weeds pulled out of the garden, food scraps, just pile it on, a bit at a time, the chickens turn it all in, in the summer it becomes a fluffy dry place to dig for worms and bugs, the poop disappears into the mix.
     
  3. 16 paws

    16 paws Chillin' With My Peeps

    I agree, adding layers of anything natural. Just keep covering that dirt. I never throw away weeds, just add them to the run. Makes for a healthy environment for beneficial bugs.
     
  4. bkruss

    bkruss New Egg

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    Thanks guys! That helps a lot. Added some hay, and frost killed greens from the garden. They seem pretty happy now.
     

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