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Pea gravel in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by m_shuman, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last year I filled our run with sand. The sand has since washed away or mixed with the dirt making the run like concrete. It holds water really bad and stinks. I was thinking about filling the run with pea gravel this year hoping it would make it drain easier. What are the pro and cons of this? has anyone done this and is there any reason I shouldn't do this??
     
  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Me too- I have very rich clay like sand that stinks and holds water.

    Let me know what you come up with.

    Pros: free grit
    Cons: might be slippery

    I'm considering pea gravel with sand on top. I used watched sand last time and might again, but I have a huge pen and need 2-3 cubic yards between the pea gravel and sand.
     
  3. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would use more sand. If the soil won't drain, more sand would help.

    Before you go to the garden center to buy bags of sand, consider the cost of having it delivered in bulk. Or get to know someone with a pickup truck or handy trailer.

    Chris
     
  4. bj taylor

    bj taylor Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what about decomposed granite? won't wash as readily, isn't too hard on their feet, & has more structure than sand?
     
  5. m_shuman

    m_shuman Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I had less then that but it turned into concrete/clay- mud... I'll get pictures if it will help.

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    That started out white washed sand... ewwwww-

    Right now most of it is moved out ready for new material.
     
  7. LittleRedCoop

    LittleRedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    I had the same thing happen to me! About how big is that run, would you say? I've wondered if pea gravel would work, too.


     
  8. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    12*24*8

    The covered part has wooden flooring.
     
  9. LittleRedCoop

    LittleRedCoop Out Of The Brooder

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    That's HUGE! I bet your chickens love it!
     
  10. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

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