1. beach livin'

    beach livin' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2011
    today was the official start day of getting the new home made for my soon to be 4 tenants [​IMG] in regards to the ground where the coop and run will be located, has been barren for years. i started to rake the pine straw, leaves, dead tree parts and other items out of the area. i really had to get down deep with the pitch fork because it was so deep. so, that being said, i know the hens will have a wonderful time scratching through all of the layers to get the bugs. but how many layers should i actually leave? the deep layers are almost like a compacted compost.
  2. Eggie and Me

    Eggie and Me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2009
    Southern California
    Personally I wouldn't rake any of the leaves, the chickens will have a blast going through them.
  3. AngelaClassAct

    AngelaClassAct Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 5, 2011
    Leave it as is and just make sure it is free from debris that should be in the trash (glass, nails, etc.). They love to dig around!
  4. kiweed

    kiweed Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    Murfreesboro TN
    I raked most of mine out, then went back and replaced it with partially composted material. They bulldoze it all over the run.
  5. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Yup, leave it. You will be shocked at how fast they clean it up for you.

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