Favorite Materials for the run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chickieschicks, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. chickieschicks

    chickieschicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2017
    Long Island, New York
    Hi there! First time chicken keepers here and we are wondering what is best to use on top of the dirt floor in our 11 x 12 chicken run. Our area is prone to flies and we need to keep smells at bay as there are neighbors not too far away. So what are everyone's suggestions? Hay, straw, wood chips, pine shavings, leaves? And how often do you replenish, add to, or clean it out completely?
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    In the run we use hay, straw, grass clippings, leaves, landscape weeds, pine needles. We add to it whenever stuff is available. We clean it out once a year (spring) to till into the garden. No offensive odor or flies.

    Our run is 8' x 16' and covered with a solid roof.

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