Run flooring

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by libarata, Mar 8, 2014.

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  1. libarata

    libarata New Egg

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    Hey all, first post.

    Here in a week or two I plan on ordering some Bantam Dominiques. This will be the first livestock experience I have had. Today, I located the area I will be utilizing for the run, and cleared the ground for the fencing I will install tomorrow. The question I have, is should I scrape the detritus away so that there is bare ground, or could I leave that all there. I live in Southern Shenandoah County, VA in the National Forest. The ground detritus is at least 2-4 inches deep of composting matter. I am looking at it, as this will provide a little more of a natural area for them to hunt for insects. What I have moved away has revealed straight dirt, so that dirst has not seen light for a very long time.

    I am still deciding on a coop design, and have the materials for the run right now, so that is what I am working on while the weather is decent.

    Thanks!
     
  2. clevetromba

    clevetromba Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd leave the compost there, otherwise you'll have a low spot that will collect water. Also, as you pointed out, the compost will be great for them to scratch around in.
     
  3. libarata

    libarata New Egg

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    I just noticed the thread about using chickens to compost... I figure that answers my question!
     

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