1. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the best floor to use for a run, not for a coop, but for an outdoor run?

    We use mulch, but i am stumped at how i will clean it; any ideas?

    How is sand? Any other suggestions?
     
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  2. Freckle Face Farm

    Freckle Face Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a plywood floor and I put linoleum down and then pine shavings...It makes clean up a lot easier... [​IMG]
     
  3. 2goose

    2goose Out Of The Brooder

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    I am constructing my run and coop next week. I plan to make portable and there the coop will not have a floor since the whole affair will be moved every couple of days.

    What do you think ?
     
  4. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine is just dirt. It has bits of grass growing here and there but for the most part it's just dirt. I don't really clean it except to rake it out every once in a while. However, I don't know how many chickens you're talking about. I only have 3 and 2 ducks. [​IMG]
     
  5. BarredCometLaced

    BarredCometLaced Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, my run is stationary... so that wouldn't work for me; if i had a choice mine would be free range. But for you, that sounds like a great idea.

    *I have 3 chickens
     
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  6. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much are they pooping? Mine are in an enclosure that is about 20x12 with their coop in the center and it has never seemed so bad that I worried about the flooring. If you're looking to absorb their droppings I would suggest spreading out things such as grass clippings, pulled weeds, pine needles...anything you clean up around the yard. Then once every few weeks rake it up and compost it.
     
  7. FiveHens

    FiveHens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just chuck stuff in there every week...food scraps, grass clippings, dead leaves, weeds...and let them have a ball going through it. You can rake it out when it gets smelly.
     
  8. chi-rn

    chi-rn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can start with lots of things, but for the most part ... it'll eventually look like a lunar landscape with all their dust-bathing craters!
    [​IMG]
     
  9. chickschool

    chickschool Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is so true. We not only have the "craters" but the ducks tend to dig these really deep tiny holes all over when the soil is wet so it really looks odd. [​IMG]
     
  10. Renthorin

    Renthorin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I went with 4 inches of contractor sand (has aggregate). Use a kitty litter scoop on the poo that misses the poo boards and cleanup is a snap. Also a source of grit ;-)
     

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