need advice on finishing the run floor.....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nbchickfarming, May 24, 2012.

  1. nbchickfarming

    nbchickfarming In the Brooder

    May 14, 2012
    southern, il
    we have set up our coop and attached run on a frame of old silo blocks.
    wondering how best to finish floor to cut down on smell and make it easy to clean.

    thinking about more blocks for floor? then 1 - 2 inch deep sand? or limestone?( is limestone bad for chicks)

    Also do i need hardware cloth apron under block? planning 3-4 ft block side walk around edge of run. block not completely mouse proof maybe 1- inch gap in few places.
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    You can use a little lime in litter if you use the right kind -- I know pelletized is fine -- but sand is also fine. A lot of people make the whole run out of sand. Hardware cloth is used more to keep larger predators out, like coons. Traps and bromadiolone poison ( where the chickens can't reach it) will control mice, at least for adult birds.
  3. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Songster

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
    My Coop
    Sand works well....don't know if limestone is Ok or not. Coop looks great!! Not sure if you need an apron or not....guess it depends on what predators you need to protect from. We don't have that many and the yard is patrolled by my dogs, so I would go with just the blocks here.

    [​IMG] Looks like you are doing a fantastic job!!
  4. nbchickfarming

    nbchickfarming In the Brooder

    May 14, 2012
    southern, il
    My neighbors have had problems with foxes and minks so i was thinking the blocks may not be close enough.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012

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