Cleaning out the " Free Run " Area?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by XL506, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. XL506

    XL506 Out Of The Brooder

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    How do you guys clean out the free run area of your coops. I was thinking maybe just like spraying the ground with a hose to wash it off?
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Sprinke a little sawdust to absorb the moisture, then rake! Adding water would only make a soup! Unless, of course, you have a concrete run. [​IMG]
     
  3. XL506

    XL506 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hm, wish I had a ready supply of sawdust.. Anything else work well?
     
  4. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Sand, dirt, straw or hay will all soak up some moisture.
     
  5. dixygirl

    dixygirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think sand is best of those because it wont rot, stink and harbor bacteria like straw, hay, and pine shavings.

    Sand can be left permanantly while the other ones mentioned need to be thrown in the trash so they don't attract flys and odor as they rot.

    PS OOH i just convinced myself to stop buying pine shavings for the coops too. Yes it looks so nice when it's fresh. But i get so tired of shoveling up wet, poopy pine shavings and hauling it away in the wheel barrel when it gets old! I think it will be so much better to use sand in the coop too as well as in the run.


    It is soft like pine shavings, it has pretty colors like pine too yet when it gets wet it will dry out and be totally reusable where as the pine start to smell like hog slop and decay, and attract termites when it is old and full of poop.

    I think i will also fill a spray bottle with something like Lemon Fresh Mr Clean and water or Lysol and wash the sand with a deorderizer and disinfectant once it gets old too. Then sprinkle some lime or de That should really make this workable.
     
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  6. chicksinthemachine

    chicksinthemachine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I justed cleaned mine out using a rake for the straw and large poos and then hosed everything down(my run in on a slope). But the chicks loved it afterward, it has been really hot and they cooled their toes and bellies. It was cute.
     
  7. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    You might try the deep litter method, there are folks that swear by it. For an outside run, some folks throw large, fibrous weeds, twigs from the yard, leaves, garden plants, etc. The moisture stays beneath this mat, the chickens get some good entertainment from scratching for bugs that hide in the litter and it takes a long time to mat down. When it does, they add more. There are experts that say the deep litter method in a coop can provide 100% of the protein needs for chickens. I haven't tried it but I'm thinking about it in one part of my coop area.
     

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