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HELP!!- Bedding in my run.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by reidymikenewbie, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. reidymikenewbie

    reidymikenewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    I've been researching for the past couple days now on what the bedding (or "ground material") should be for my chickens. I've read about bare ground (just dirt), hay/ straw, large wood chips, deep bedding practices, sand, and I'm sure there are many more options out there. I'm about to be a first time owner of Rhode Island Reds-my first chickens ever- and I truly have no idea what the bedding should be [​IMG](in the coop as well as the run.)!! Please help, it's much appreciated! [​IMG] (P.S. --- I Iive in central Massachusetts.)
     
  2. reidymikenewbie

    reidymikenewbie Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey guys, I'm all set now, I asked Andy Schneider (The Chicken Whisperer) ,during his daily radio show, what I should use and he gave great advice! -Till the land deep - 1/4 to 1/2 inch of lime(careful can burn their feet) -and a good 4-6 inches of large wood chips (oak or pine preferably). This set-up only gets cleaned out three times a year!! Thanks so much to Andy on this one.
     
  3. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice! Thanks for sharing your findings. I think bedding can be according to personal preference, too. I think so long as you can keep it clean and comfy for the chickens, it'll be good.

    By the way, welcome to BYC!
     
  4. BigdaddySean

    BigdaddySean Out Of The Brooder

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    I use river sand, and I love it... Super easy to keep clean
     

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