1. ChickenKen

    ChickenKen New Egg

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    I've got 1 RIR rooster and 5 Black Sex Linked hens with a house and an 8'x8' run.http://chickenken.weebly.com/

    I'm wondering if I should have anything on the ground in the run (gravel, wood chips, etc.) I know that poop can breed disease and I sure don't want that.

    Actually, the ground doesn't get too bad. Just want to make sure.
     
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I need to add sand.

    That said, mine sits on an angle and it has a trench on one side, so refuse finds it's way into the trench and I just clean out the 'trench' 4 or 5 times a year... makes great compost for the garden.
     
  3. Zac's Flock

    Zac's Flock Out Of The Brooder

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    In part of my run I use mowed grass which the chooks love scratching through. I have also read that sand is good to have for the floor in runs.
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    If I had a smaller run and my birds were contained in it most of the time, I'd do go the rock w/a few inches of sand on top route. Everything I've read makes sand sound so easy to clean... That's the route I'm going for my smaller run, even though I mostly free range.
     
  5. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an covered open air pen and put sand in the bottom. Poop just seems to vanish. I really like it and the chickens seem to also. THey have sand baths like crazy!
    sharon
     

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