Need tips for keeping a clean run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by themenagerie, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2011
    I'm new to chickens this year. I have my 25 13 week old chickens outside with a coop and a 16 x 16' run covered with poultry netting. I'm wondering what everyone does with the chicken poo in the run. I try raking it up, and it just doesn't work well, it's too small to scoop...what do you use? I was thinking maybe straw or hay spread around the run to help catch some of the droppings would make it easier to pick up. I have horses so I have no shortage of chaff hay, but I also don't want to harbor insects.
    Thanks for your help.
  2. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    You can put sand down and scoop the poo out of it and add more when needed
  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 28, 2011
    A few times a day I go out to the coop and scoop the poop out with a litter box scooper. It takes about 2 minutes. It's paid off well. I have zero flies and the run is clean. I visit with my girls while I'm out there.
  4. hennyannie

    hennyannie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 12, 2011
    North Carolina
    I think sand is a great thing. It seems to dry the poo and all I do is rake it and throw out debris.
  5. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    I too use sand, and a kitty litter scooper, it has worked great for me.
    They often get the straw out of the coop in the run, then I use a rake to get that straw out.
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Get some sand. Best investment you'll ever make.
  7. gale65

    gale65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:But that's the coop right? The OP is asking about the run. I can't imagine how much sand it would take and how long it would take to scoop our run. It's 10 x 24. Right now it still has some grass but it's gross with poop. I may end up adding sand but I read that you need to put gravel or something down first or the sand just mixes in with the ground eventually.
  8. bldmtnrider

    bldmtnrider Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 7, 2011
    I put sand in my run. It is 5 x 10 and to fill it with 4" of sand it will take about 1/2 to 3/4 tons. I put down hardware cloth underneath to keep digging predators from coming up. If I had it to do over I would have put landscape fabric down to keep the sand and soil from mixing, but it really hasn't been a problem yet.

    The sand is cheap, the 4x4s to keep the sand in may cost you a bit more, but in the end it should be worth it.

    As far as time goes, the prep work is everything. It might take you 20 minutes to fill the coop with sand discounting drive time to get sand and assuming you can back a truck up to the coop. The prep work took some time though.
  9. themenagerie

    themenagerie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2011
    Thanks for the replies. The coop and run are sited on hard packed soil. If there was anything remotely green on the ground when we set it up two months ago, it's long gone. [​IMG] I suppose I'll have to go get some sand.
  10. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    We free range, but the small fenced run area gets a raking about once a week, hosed down when we aren't in the rainy season and DE as needed. Never really think about it as it hasn't been an issue.

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