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Coop run is just dirt

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Karen 2739, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. Karen 2739

    Karen 2739 Out Of The Brooder

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    My coop run is only the natural dirt/ground. Should I be using something on top of the ground? I just rake it up once a week. What advice?

    thank you!
     
  2. spike844

    spike844 Out Of The Brooder

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    In our run connected to the hen house, it is just dirt and whatever else gets in there. Out in the chicken yard, I put some mulch, but dirt is just fine. The mulch made the yard look good for about three days... then .... the chickens went to work.

    -Noah
     
  3. ailurophile23

    ailurophile23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dirt is fine. If you get much rain it may get muddy and messy and smelly though. Sand might be a good alternative as it drains well when it gets wet and it helps dry out the chicken poop until you get to cleaning it out.
     
  4. billl2099

    billl2099 Out Of The Brooder

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    my run is also plain dirt, my chickens wouldn't have any other way
     
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  5. UrbanChickensRUs

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    Ours is dirt too but I throw lawn clippings in there and they seem to love it. I compost grass anyway so it all ends up in the same place after they do there thing on it.
     
  6. HenneePennee

    HenneePennee Out Of The Brooder

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    Mine has a dirt floor. When we rake leaves the chickens LOVE for me to give them a pile to play in. I could dump a wheelbarrow full in there every day and they scratch around like there is burried treasure. Fun to watch!
     
  7. cpwhip

    cpwhip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MINES DIRT TOO I think they would just tear up any grass that
     
  8. neVar

    neVar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine's dirt/grass- but we throw lawn clippings in there which really helps keep it dry and from smelling. (we have chicken wire on the bottom but the grass comes through it
     
  9. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is dirt w/prairie hay... They love picking through it finding all kinds of seeds to munch.
     
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  10. Hopper

    Hopper Out Of The Brooder

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    Dirt and it seems to be fine but I'm a chicken newbie!
     

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