Do you use DE in your run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 6chick*start, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. 6chick*start

    6chick*start Songster

    Apr 9, 2011
    NE OKlahoma
    I am loving the deep litter/DE in the coop. Very lightly sprinkled before laying the pine shavings and a few very light sprinkles since.
    It really dries up the poop quickly. I do sift out the big ones every day.

    I've not used any in the run though. My run is about 3/4 sand and the rest still some grass. We will be doing a salad bar as well.
    My thinking is that you do still want bugs in the run for the chickens to scratch for ? Would the DE eliminate those bugs ?

    So I am curious how many use it in their run ...

  2. cupman

    cupman Songster

    Apr 12, 2011
    Portland, OR
    What's DE?
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    DE is useless in a run open to the elements, once it gets wet it cakes up and looks horrible also it doesn't work when it's wet. In fact about the only thing DE is good for is keeping the bedding inside the coop dry.
  4. sammyh312

    sammyh312 Chirping

    May 22, 2011
    We havent had much rain in SE Texas lately, but when the flies get bad I dust the whole run area with DE twice or so per week and makes a great difference
  5. jeremy

    jeremy CA Royal Blues

    Mar 23, 2008
    Oakland, CA
    I use DE anywhere the chickens poo. [​IMG]
  6. flowergirl60

    flowergirl60 Songster

    Feb 13, 2011
    Austin Tx
  7. 6chick*start

    6chick*start Songster

    Apr 9, 2011
    NE OKlahoma
    Okay thanks.
    I'm going to go ahead and sprinkle it with the new sand I am adding tomorrow.
    I can see how it would cause clumping when wet if you use too much.
    But you only use such a slight sprinkling that I doubt that would be a problem.
    Flies and walking on messy wet poop in my run, that would be a problem. I spend a lot of time sitting in there with my girls.
    BTW, I have added a lot more ventilation on the coop since this picture as well as shade covering on the run.

  8. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Songster

    Very nice set up! But your color coordination is almost as bad as mine [​IMG]

    Is it skirted?

    As to the bug question, let the bugs in, chickens love them for snacks
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2011
  9. 6chick*start

    6chick*start Songster

    Apr 9, 2011
    NE OKlahoma
    Quote:Hahaha! Thank you. The cheapest part was that paint! Exterior Latex at Lowes in the return bin. Full gallons, $5.00each.
    I have since added a lovely blue. Had to pay full price for a quart, grr, but it has really kicked it up a notch.
    The run is skirted with 1/4" h-cloth about 8" out and we will be putting pavers beyond that.
    Lots of coyotes, possum, racoons, country dogs and other digging creatures here.
    As well as hawks and owls where I am, in the country, NE OKlahoma.
    Yes, I want them to have bugs.

    So what'cha doin' way up there? In another life I lived 40 miles from Fairbanks for 2 years and have been up to Prudoe Bay a few times.
    Many, many years ago.

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