Run flooring?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mckeecoop, Jul 9, 2016.

  1. mckeecoop

    mckeecoop Hatching

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    New chicken owner here, what would you guys recommend doing for the flooring on an chicken run? What I mean is, should I keep it just on grass (which I'm guessing wouldn't last long), or use sand, or a combination of a bunch of stuff etc.? Thank you for your input![​IMG]
     

  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member 7 Years

    first of all Welcome to BYC [​IMG] from San Diego.

    Lots of people use sand its good for climates that get a lot of rain... they put a border around the base so the sand doesnt drift out.... Easy to clean with a rake...

    Another thing good for humid climates is Rice hulls.... If you can get a hold of them they are excellent bedding the birds love them too and you can compost them in the garden.

    But they are sometimes hard to find. There is a distributer here in California because we have a major rice producer in the Sacremento area. My horse LOVES rice hulls the chickens love to pick through them and pick out the left over rice bits. They can get a hard rain on them and within hours the top surface will be almost dry to the touch.

    I use Plain old Decomposed Granite.... dont have dirt or sand....

    deb
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2016
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

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    Combo of dry plant matter is best in the long run.

    Here's a great description of contents and how to manage organic 'bedding' in a run or coop...and there's a great video of what it looks like.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1037998/muddy-run-help-please#post_16017992
     

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