Yes you can add leaves in the run, but wood chips or shavings will dry it quicker than leaves. I used to do this but we put a solid roof on the run last fall. I'll still add the leaves because the chickens love to dig through them.My run is getting muddy, and I want to add leaves. It seems this should be okay. Can I leave the leaves to breakdown or will I need to remove them? Also will this increase the insect population? I'm new to this.
Won't hurt to have more insects. That just adds protein to their diet. I've never seen my girls turn down a bug. I've actually watched them "fight" over them. Snails are fun. It takes a while to get through the shell.Also will this increase the insect population? I'm new to this.