Gravel in the chicken coop

tapre

In the Brooder
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May 24, 2012
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I just finished my chicken coop and chicken run, and my mother is insisting that I use gravel as the floor/ground material. Is that a good idea? Will my chickens eat the gravel? Is there a better alternative I can pitch to her?
 

Tracyree

Songster
8 Years
May 6, 2011
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What kind of gravel? Pea gravel with the small round Smooth stones or limestone gravel with sharp edges?

Pea gravel would probably work fine, but I wouldn't use anything sharp or jagged. Any injuries on their feet can lead to bumble foot.
 

chfite

Songster
8 Years
Jun 7, 2011
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Taylors, SC
I would consider sand for the run. Easy to move and install, drains well, easy to scoop or rake as needed. Easy on the birds' feet. Six inches of sand would make maintenance a breeze. I use pine shavings in the coop.

Chris
 

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