Need suggestions for best ground cover for my new chicken coop

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  1. SUNSETLADY

    SUNSETLADY New Egg

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    My dear husband has built me a chicken coop and I need to know what would be the best ground cover. The coop and run are on a dirt only area of my backyard.

    Thanks,

    Sunsetlady
     
  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    Different people do different things. I use pine wood shavings on dirt in my coop. I left the run dirt.

    Editted to say welcome to the forum.

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  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    You might want to ask a mod to move this to the correct forum...you'll probably get more answers.

    Chickens will destroy anything you try and plant as a ground cover so you'd be better off to put a layer of gravel/sand down in your run.
     
  4. SUNSETLADY

    SUNSETLADY New Egg

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    Thanks, I appreciate your response. They already have sand in their run and I guess I'll buy some hay tomorrow to place on top of the sand and inside their coop too.
     
  5. henryetta

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    coop area wood shavings, and sand is WONDERFUL for the run area [​IMG]
     
  6. Ridgerunner

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    I agree sand is better in the run than hay. It will stay drier which means it is less likely to smell and is easier to clean. You can use hay, straw, wood chips, wood shavings, whatever you want in the coop, but I find hay and straw tends to clump together and can be harder to remove when it is time to clean it out. I don't know your size or set-up. If it is a small coop, the hay might work fine. Of course, you can always try one thing and if that does not work out for you, you can come back with something different.

    Good luck!
     

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