Laying Gravel and Sand: How much?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by srfjeld, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As fall approaches, so will the rain here in the Pacific NW so we have decided to go the gravel and sand route... My question is, how much gravel and sand do we need for the small 4 by 7 run?
     
  2. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In mine I believe I have a couple of inches of gravel with four inches of sand over that.
     
  3. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So here's a silly question... how do I know how many bags of gravel and sand to get? Anyone know the math equation? Remember, I'm a FIRST grade teacher... for a reason. [​IMG]
     
  4. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Curious too.
     
  5. srfjeld

    srfjeld Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, we just got back from Lowe's and Home Depot. If you look at their shelf tags, it'll give you a pretty good idea. For a 4x7 we ended up getting 4 bags of pea gravel and 5 bags of sand. Seemed to be enough. Their run looks amazing!!!! Can't wait till they get back in there. We're also finally hanging their feeder (I say we, but I mean my bf) and I bought a suet box for them to peck at during the day. Roofing for their run will have to wait. They've got a sheet of plastic covering the wire for now. Why did I think raising chickens would be cheap? ha ha!
     
  6. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, total it all up and see what that first egg comes to! [​IMG]

    Ah well, their entertainment value is priceless.
     
  7. cptbahama

    cptbahama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you did good. I used construction sand (very coarse) in my run and it works like a champ. All summer long in the heat of the south and no odor to speak of.
     
  8. cravenchx

    cravenchx Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep, chicken TV is cheaper than cable!
     
  9. LoveMyChicks-Tabitha

    LoveMyChicks-Tabitha Out Of The Brooder

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    So is it better to use sand for on the ground of the coop then? I'm a new chicken owner and have not heard of using sand. Sounds like a good idea. Could you just scoop the "litter" then? Like you would a cat box? lol
     
  10. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Just do a search for sand and you'll get loads of posts about it. My coop is an open hoop type, so the ground is the floor of my coop and run at the same time. Sand works very well with this type and for a run with any other type coop. Poop pretty much just gets ground up and mixed in by the chickens scratching around. My coop doesn't really smell except when there's been a heavy rain, and only until it dries out again. Using sand inside a regular coop, I'd say you may have to poop scoop it since you probably won't have the depth of sand you would have outside for the chickens to really mix the poop in and break it down. Most folks who use sand love it.
     

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