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Sand Flooring - how much is enough & other questions...

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SydneyChick, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. SydneyChick

    SydneyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi everyone!

    Well, the chickens have a new, roomy 2.3m x 2.3m aviary to call home.

    The three hens will be in there 80% of the time and free-range when I'm in the garden and on w/ends.

    I want to use sand + gravel for flooring as the coop unfortunately is positioned directly in the path of run off from the front yard.

    So my question is: how do I do this properly?

    How much gravel? How much sand?

    And should I put a dividing layer between sand & gravel?

    If so - what should I use?

    The Aviary is sitting on a sloping concrete slab, only partially enclosed with the front and half the side walls being Galveston mesh panels.

    Thanks in advance!

    Sophia
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I'd divert the run off around the coop, and build up the inside at least 6 inches higher than the outside.

    I'd use all sand with no gravel
     
  3. SydneyChick

    SydneyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok. I've dug a French drain around 2 sides of the coop to try & help with run off as much as possible.

    I had the idea from somewhere that gravel was necessary?
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I had the idea from somewhere that gravel was necessary?

    I see no advantage to it, and it will make it harder to clean out​
     
  5. arcatamarcia

    arcatamarcia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My property is really wet in the winter. For my run, on top of dirt, I put down 3" of pea gravel and then 3" of sand. I contained it all by lining the bottom walls of the run with 1X6's. The sand and gravel have settled so the top of the sand is about 2" below the top of the wood border. It works.
     
  6. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That might depend on: A. How well the coop/run site drains, and B. How much rain/snow you get.

    I've got a layer of gravel under the sand, because the ground here is like a sponge and tends to hold water long after it rains. Our rainfall is measured in feet per year not inches. [​IMG] I think the gravel helps to keep the water from "wicking" up into the sand from the dirt below it. The sand in the coop certainly tends to dry out faster than the surrounding soil anyway.

    I think you'll just have to look at your own coop's siteing and climate to judge using gravel or not.
     
  7. Ole rooster

    Ole rooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you saying the coop in on the ground? If that's the case you're asking for problems.[​IMG]
     
  8. SydneyChick

    SydneyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I live in Sydney, Australia - and we have very mild winters. (doesnt reallty go below 10 degrees Celsius, ever.)

    The aviary is a run/ coop. I only have 3 hens, so at the back of the aviary I have installed several nice tree branches 1-3ft off the ground.

    In the opposite, sheltered corner, I have installed 2 milk crates on a shelf 1ft off the ground for nesting.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. SydneyChick

    SydneyChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Well - we just had a rainstorm and now half my lovely sand is in the back garden.

    Any ideas?!?
     
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Run some boards around the edge of the fence to keep it in.
     

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