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Run cleanliness and ground cover

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wegotchicks, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. wegotchicks

    wegotchicks Just Hatched

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    I have been trying to clean the poop off the ground in the chicken run. A rake doesn't do it and I don't want to pick up with a tiny cat litter shovel or my hands. The ground is just dirt now that the chickens have eaten and dug up all the grass. I tried putting pine shavings on the ground, but they just blow away. I have read about using DE, but is there anything else to add to that that will help keep it healthy for the chickens and easier to get the poop up?[​IMG]
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    You could do sand - many folks like that and it is reported easy to clean, though I would think that rain would quickly soak the poop down into the sand so that eventually the sand would become fouled.
    I like a deep litter approach to the run - think of it as replicating the forest floor in that you have layer upon layer of bio-mass. In this situation it isn't about getting the poop "up" but rather the poop becoming part of the substrate
     
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you researched the Deep Litter Method?
     
  4. blackdog043

    blackdog043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What Ol Grey Mare said!
     
  5. aimlessego

    aimlessego Out Of The Brooder

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    Deep litter!
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    centralcaligirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Agree
     
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  8. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    DLM = deep litter method

    I got bare clay dirt in my RC (run/coop) have considered sand but it was recommended (BYC member) due to the humidity & rain (HI) go with DLM. I'm so glad I did but what makes it even better is having a "poop board" under their roost. Oh yea, Sweet PDZ in the poop board & sprinkled in the shavings.

    Never thought having chickens could be so EASY! Chickens work the hard clay loose & I shovel out to use where I need dirt, we got a great system going. I have an "open" RC with shower curtains I close up at night, ventilated 100% & dry. It's been a year & a half LOVE it.

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  9. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A shot of a small coop, using grass hay for the deep litter, plus other stuff now and then, but mostly old, coarse grass hay. Not the a good legume hay like alfalfa, but old coarse grass hay. This stuff is so old and bad no animal would eat it and would starve to death with a full belly if they did.

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    That is one square bale of hay covering an area of about 8' x 10'. The birds will scatter and spread it. It will last a few months before it rots down to be replaced with another just like it. No mud, flies or odor. Prior to going with a deep litter, this coop had all three.
     
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  10. wegotchicks

    wegotchicks Just Hatched

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    Thank you for your help!! Love photos!
     

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