run floor materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cobvob, Aug 27, 2007.

  1. cobvob

    cobvob New Egg

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    hi there! we are hoping someone can help with our problem. We got our first chickens 2 weeks ago and they have long since got rid of any grass we had for them! Our query is this:- we have read on this site a few times that wood chip is best to put down. However, i spoke to our community farm today and they advised against this as they say that the wood chip encourages worms and they had lost chickens this way (their vet told them to get rid). Are they confusing wood chip with chip bark, I wonder? Any advise would be greatly welcomed as we are very confused!
     
  2. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    what is wrong with plain dirt?
     
  3. cobvob

    cobvob New Egg

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    no objections to dirt! just worried about it getting smelly.
     
  4. rosyposyosy

    rosyposyosy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 11, 2007
    i had straw for a while in mine (i didnt put it there, the chickens scratched it out of the straw bale) and it was putrid! now that it is just dirt it doesnt smell at all - but they do free range most of the time...
     
  5. cobvob

    cobvob New Egg

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    our chickens are in the run all day (come rain or shine!) as they are in our back garden and it's not practical to free range unfortunately. Thanks for your help though, it is reassuring!
     
  6. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The nice thing about straw/hay, though, is that you can fork/rake it out now and then and put new stuff in. that's handy in rainy weather.

    Also good addition to the compost pile if you do such.
     
  7. Barnyard Dawg

    Barnyard Dawg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use pine shavings in the hen house and sand in the pen or run. This makes it very easy to keep clean.
     
  8. cobvob

    cobvob New Egg

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    :)great stuff. Thanks guys!
     
  9. pattycake

    pattycake Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a couple of trees cut down and turned to wood chips. It seems to make excellent cover for the run.
     
  10. usalbrechts

    usalbrechts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what can anyone say about throwing fall leaves in the run??? We are nearing that time of year again. We have a big pile in the woods we keep adding our choke cherry and oak leaves to every year. I am thinking of maybe throwing some in the run too?????
     
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