How do you clean a chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by GrandmaCluck, May 26, 2010.

  1. GrandmaCluck

    GrandmaCluck In the Brooder

    Jun 23, 2009
    I have 31 chickens. Attached to the coop is a chicken run that is 30' x 50'. I live in sand country. Across the yard is a fallen jack pine that they love to roost on during the day. How do I go about cleaning this? I didn't notice much of a smell until we got rain and hot and humid weather. STINKY!!!
  2. georgialee

    georgialee Songster

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    We have a small tiller and I just till up the ground and that gets rid of the smell pretty quickly. I'm doing new runs soon and they'll be all sand - you don't really need to clean except for once or twice a year.
  3. With a rake and a shovel load it into a wheel borrow take it over to the compost pile and dump repeat if need to. That is how I clean mine. but if your looking for help with the smell try putting down some DE around and under the Run and tree it helps some.

    Good luck to you
  4. keeko

    keeko Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    Asheville, NC
    I'd also love some tips on this subject! We have a run that's about 2 inches of sand, and they've pooped tremendous amounts in it. I've tried raking it (doesn't work), and I've tried sifting it with a cat litter scooper and that doesn't work either. I want to keep it clean, but maybe I have the wrong kind of sand?

    Any tips would be welcomed!!! Thanks guys!!!

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