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old shavings to run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by polychickens, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. polychickens

    polychickens In the Brooder

    Apr 23, 2007
    The run attached to the coop is bare, wet and muddy. Winters here are wet and nasty. The shavings in the coop itself are pretty damp and have pretty much turned to dirt after around 3 months(deep litter).

    I had planned to add new shavings on top and change the whole deal twice/year, but it seems that won't work here with wet winters and the chickens in and out, dragging their muddy wet feet thru the coop.

    I wonder if it would help to add some fiber to the barren run in the form of the old shavings. Is there any downside to doing so?
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Shavings + mud will be ok for a while but will eventually = new improved more-horrible mud. The organic content of the shavings, when it breaks down, makes the mud wetter and suckier. If you can remove the shavings in spring before they get too much incorporated into the mud you might well be all right though. Coarser things e.g. wood chips or straw will break down more slowly and give you a larger 'window of opportunity'. Could you roof your run and/or improve drainage?

  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    With that kind of winter weather, have you ever thought about putting sand in your run, to improve drainage and make it drier and cleaner? I think that would help your situation a lot.
  4. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
    i have heard of people putting peagravel in the muddy spots

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