questions on an outdoor run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by okto, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. okto

    okto Chirping

    Jun 30, 2007
    los angeles
    i am going to make an outdoor run for my standards (3). chicken math says that i need approx 10 square feet of outdoor run space to keep everyone from going nuts.

    i plan on making the run about 5' x 12', maybe gonna add two more hens.

    i was reading gail damerows book and she says that you should avoid keeping your outdoor run in the same place, year after year. i cannot move my run around, where i build it is where it stays. my concern was a build up of diseases and pathogens.

    i will still let them out to free range, just for a limited amount of time.

    how do i keep a run relatively clean, aside from raking. should i turn over the soil weekly? mix in dg? add wood chips? is disease build up w/ 3 to 5 chickens a reality?
  2. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I like to keep a layer of coarse sand in my outdoor run. I have to add to it ...especially when we've had lots of rain, but helps keep things cleaner.

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