how to get these birds off the concrete?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by JahDW, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. JahDW

    JahDW Out Of The Brooder

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    so I built my run:

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    As you can see it's on cement, and I'm not so sure if this is the best for my little hen's feet. Do I need to get them off the concrete? use some kind of bedding... or sand? i dunno how manageable this will be putting bedding directly onto the cement. raise the whole deal on a few cinder blocks and have a wood floor on the run, then add bedding?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    I'd add some straw, pine shavings or sand.
    Concrete is good but needs to be covered cause chicken poo is like concrete glued to concrete.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011
  3. GoldDogsMom

    GoldDogsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Where are you located? If you are in a cold region, that concrete will get VERY cold. I wouldn't want to walk on it so I would say elevate on blocks and add a floor!
     
  4. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    Why don't you pour some sand in there? It helps make cleaning easier, and the chickens will love it. You can scoop out the poop with a kitty litter scooper and it stays relatively clean.
     
  5. JahDW

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    yea... the more I read the more I'm liking the sand option. Now if I could only find river sand in my area!
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Now if I could only find river sand in my area!

    Most any good building supply place will either have it or can tell you where to get it.​
     
  7. TigerLilly

    TigerLilly I failed Chicken Math

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    In a pinch, Walmart sells 'playground' sand, fairly cheap. Doesnt look like you'd need a whole lot.
     
  8. chickfan

    chickfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We got our sand from a cement company. They had choices of various kinds...seems like construction sand was what we went with, but I don't remember for sure. I can't think of anything that would be easier to keep clean.
     

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