Dirt floor of run questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Tamma, Jan 27, 2013.

  1. Tamma

    Tamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 RSL chickens almost a year old. My coop is 6x8 and my run is 6x8. The coop inside is wonderful (thanks to all the help here).

    My run has a dirt floor and I am concerned about the dirt.
    The same dirt has been in there since the end of May. I almost never see poop in the run. I think they just walk it into the dirt. And then they bathe in the dirt holes that they dig. I don't like to put scraps in
    the run. I always have to put it on a paper plate so they don't eat the poop dirt with it.
    Am I being too obsessive here? Should I switch to sand or what?

    Also, how many chicken will COMFORTABLY fit.in my setup? I have 3 and am getting 3 more.

    Thanks for all you sage advice everyone!
     
  2. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About the space you could have around 5-6 birds in your run. I started out with dirt and didn't like it so I went to leaves and I hated that so then I went to straw and I loved it so for the past couple weeks I've had straw and the chickens seem to like it a lot.
     
  3. Tamma

    Tamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So you can remove the poop from the straw much better?
    Do they dig up all the straw to make dust baths. My
    chickens forage for only about 4 hours a day.
    Thanks!
     
  4. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    I like to keep straw or hay down - keep down the dust. I change it out every few weeks.
     
  5. chickenkeeper12

    chickenkeeper12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Answering your question about the dust baths, since I just put the straw down and it's the winter the ground rock solid. They probably will and it won't be bad at all.
     

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