Run substrate etc ... What do people use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by CheekyChooks, May 3, 2011.

  1. CheekyChooks

    CheekyChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    So, my coop and run is coming this week and though the chicks are nowhere near ready to venture out I am making plans. What do people tend to use in their runs on the ground? Ours in going on concrete slabs to save the grass so I was thinking, bark and sand?

    Will this be easy to clean and how often do people change their run litter?
  2. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Sand [​IMG]:
  3. CheekyChooks

    CheekyChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2011
    Oh just sand? Do you rake it clean them or replace the whole lot? Is it cheap to get and will any sand do? Should I scrap the bark idea??
  4. mshirk

    mshirk Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 28, 2011
    Sammamish WA
    I have all purpose sand in my run. In my area it is $3.06 / 60 lb bag. My run is small, only 3 chickens, and it took 3 bags.
    I've been raking it up once a week. The poo seems to break down and disappear, there has been no smell so far.
  5. SadieSue

    SadieSue Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2010
    Tacoma, WA
    I have an 8X12 enclosed run with a roof that we just finished, but I have plans this summer to finish it with sand. I've heard nothing but good things about sand in the run for cleanliness, chicks being able to dust bathe, keep incidents of parasites down, etc. I'm not looking forward to the work digging down and hauling sand will entail, but once it's completed it will be fantastic!
    So, my final suggestion is SAND. [​IMG]
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nothing. Just dirt.
  7. mmaddie's mom

    mmaddie's mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    SAND... doing a total make-over myself... have read a LOT... will have sand in the coop & sand in the entire 6x24' run... digging down 2-3 inches and putting a boarder around the inside of the run... not sure if I will use wood or plastic land-scaping boarder... taking a look tomorrow. From all I have read, sand is the cleanest, easiest to clean and no place for parasites to hide... not to mention one big dust bath.... oh and very little to no mud... great drainage. And, yes, rake or kittie litter scoop.
    Last edited: May 3, 2011

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