Floor Material for a Run in the Pacific Northwest

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by WhereTheLightIs, Jul 16, 2019.

  1. WhereTheLightIs

    WhereTheLightIs Hatching

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    Hey all. I purchased my first chicks this weekend, and I'm very excited to try my hand at raising my own chickens. I grew up in the city, so this is all new to me.

    I live in Portland, OR, so it rains a good amount with some snow in the winter. The coop/run will be placed on compacted dirt. I've researched quite a bit so far, but I wanted to directly ask for some suggestions for a material to lay down in the run.

    Thanks.
     
  2. MRichmond

    MRichmond Chirping

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    I just posted a similar question, but my run is currently gravel...watching your thread, too. My chicks are 6 weeks old. Good luck with yours!
     
  3. culturalinfidel

    culturalinfidel Chirping

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    I'm just north of Seattle. We use wood chips from Chip Drop and have never had a problem. We have a layer that is probably 4-6"+ deep.
     
  4. tkrhubbard

    tkrhubbard Hatching

    I'm also in Seattle...no birds yet, but ready for the ladies....Anyone in the Pacific NW use sand in their coop/run?
     
  5. culturalinfidel

    culturalinfidel Chirping

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    I would think with our wet weather that sand would clump too easily. Unless you have everything covered, it will end up a muddy mess. IMO.
     
  6. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Free Ranging

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    When you say "compacted dirt" does that mean you have drainage issues during rain or snow build up? Regardless of run litter choice, if you don't have good drainage you won't get optimal results, so I'd look into improving drainage first. Or consider roofing the run and use gutters to move water away.
     
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