1. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just wondering if there's something I can do to help with the muckyness in my outside run! Smelly and very poopy [​IMG] any advice? Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    have you tried sand?
     
  3. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No I haven't...wouldn't that get heavy and wet too?? Where do you get the sand from?
     
  4. BorneHomestead

    BorneHomestead Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as long as there is proper drainage, sand works great in a run. you can purchase sand from lowes or home depot or have it trucked in from a quarry.
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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  6. Brucepierce

    Brucepierce Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi whittychick,

    I had the same problem in the spring...more of a problem here was the smell over the muck...which is no picnic either...I went over to sand in my run and I haven't had muck or a smell ever since...the poop just disappears...I haven't needed to clean my run since...that was may-ish....I'm thinking of using sand in my coop next spring...I bought 3 yards of mason sand for 100.00 at a local place....best thing I've done yet...good luck
     
  7. c2chicks

    c2chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    x2 on the sand! I use it (4-6"deep) in my uncovered run and love it! No smell, no muck...
     
  8. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you for the great advice! I guess I'll have to try this and see what happens! Ugggg it's so yucky in there
     
  9. whittychick

    whittychick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would cypress mulch work? Is that safe?
     
  10. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    pine needles / pine straw

    fallen autumn leaves, can also be slightly mulched
    (I run over a pile of leaves once with the mulching blade of our lawnmower)

    good luck
     
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