Dirt or concrete for chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dbusher, Oct 8, 2008.

  1. dbusher

    dbusher In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2008
    We are about to build our first coop and run. 5' X 14'
    The location in the yard is right were we have placed a stone porch. Considering cleaning and rodent avoidance, is it recommended to keep the stones there and cover it with dirt 3-6 inches or to just take the stones and put the coop/run on the dirt?

  2. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    If you can swing it, several inches of sand over regular dirt is a good choice. Keep in mind that whatever your run is made of, you'll be raking it. Raking landscaping flat stones is tough.
  3. dbusher

    dbusher In the Brooder

    Sep 26, 2008
    great. thanks for the good advise
  4. mustangruss

    mustangruss Songster

    Dirt is the way to go. The chickens love it![​IMG]
  5. Jessika

    Jessika Songster

    May 31, 2008
    Eagle Creek, OR
    Depends on where you live. I have done dirt, wood, straw, and river rock before, but I am still working on a perfect floor for the run. Dirt feels more natural to me. But all fall, winter, and spring my white chickens are spotted or grey. Darn rain...I cant keep it out. Even in a covered run! I just bought (today) 1 ton of sand for $9.00. I am hoping that does it! [​IMG]
  6. Omran

    Omran Songster

    Jul 26, 2008
    Bagdad KY
    Dirt my friends dirt my friends.easier on their feet and cheaper for you.

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