HELP! Coop Run Material

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by azellmer, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. azellmer

    azellmer Hatching

    May 13, 2013
    I'm trying to figure out what to do for my coop run for the material on the ground.

    I am currently building the coop but originally planned to build it a couple years ago (life got REALLY in the way). I had planned on doing sand, but am questioning that now. There are a lot of threads talking about the pros and cons for sand, but I am concerned because my run will not be covered. I live in Northern California with hot hot summers, so I don't want the sand to get hot and burn my sweet chick's feet. I am also concerned that if it ever rains here again since the run is not covered the sand will become hard and stinky and gross, no matter how well I rake it.

    And of course, since this was planned years ago, it was started years ago. I had a brilliant plan to put gravel under the sand with hardware cloth and landscaping cloth below. So I have a giant hole filled with gravel that I haven't completed the other portions of. I am concerned about landscaping cloth tearing and losing all the sand anyway.

    I am now thinking it might be best to just put the sand on the gravel, fill in with soil and have a well drained base of soil and something. Straw, hay, something?

    I would really appreciate any suggestions, thoughts, or comments. Thanks so much!
  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Sand and gravel are the best -layered or mixed. They drain the best and will get less stinky or muddy than a combo of soil and hay (although since it is so dry, mud would be rare). The chickens will take care of keeping it loose very well with their natural inclination to scratch around. Part of your chicken run should be shaded considering that you have hot summers. I don't think you need to worry about it burning the feet.
  3. AgustinSr

    AgustinSr Hatching

    Jul 19, 2014
    I gat sand in one of my coops, only get smelly when rains a lot, also gat a half roof in run for cover, my girls seems happy, just put play sand,....

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