Materials to put in runs

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nancy1zak, Jun 28, 2010.

  1. nancy1zak

    nancy1zak Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2008
    Morris County, NJ has been a while now...and we are down to bare dirt. I am fine with it as it is easy for me to rack up the dried poop and toss it. I do this daily. Should I be providing something for the girls to walk on and scratch at besides bare dirt? We do have a 20" x 20" sand box for the girls. Is it ok to just give them bare dirt? We have two hawks in the tree next door, so letting them out at the moment is not an option.
  2. pixie74943

    pixie74943 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Adelaide, Australia
    Not really... unless it starts to get horribly muddy, in which case you'll need to come up with a better drainage system (come people use sand)

    My chickens occasionally get given a bale of pea straw, or something similar to dig through, although after the first week it just becomes a muddy mess on the floor.

    Although, my birds have a moveable coop, and after the peastraw breaks down mixed with all the chicken poop, the soil is FANTASTIC

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