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Rookie run questions

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mipsy6, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. mipsy6

    mipsy6 Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 4, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    We are almost done building our first chicken run for our two Rhode Island Reds, and I have a couple of questions for the experts on the board:

    1) Right now, the fenced-in run area has a dirt floor. Should we leave it all dirt, or cover it with mulch or hay? The chickens will be in the run all day most days since we can't let them free range while we are at work, so the floor will get pooped on a lot. Do most people just rake the dirt to clean the run? Or is it better to have something like hay or mulch than can be raked up and refreshed from time to time?

    2) I am thinking of planting a bougainvilla vine on one side of the run so that it can grow up and over the fencing to provide shade, privacy and protection. Does anyone know where I can make sure bougainvilla isn't toxic to chickens? I wouldn't want them to eat a blossom and get sick.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Have you considered sand in your run?

    Bougainvillea is generally considered pretty darn safe for mammals. I would betcha anything that a) nobody has specifically tested its toxicity to chickens and b) it is probably just fine for them.


  3. FutureChickenMan

    FutureChickenMan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 29, 2007
    I'd stay away from they hay as parasites love hay. The only suggestion about the Bougainvillea is be careful watering it. Bougainvillea's don't like lots of water.
  4. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    Check out this link on Toxic Plants.

    Hope this helps!

  5. cknmom

    cknmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2007
    Dickson TN

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