Sand/Gravel Mix????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 4hLuvers, Sep 15, 2008.

  1. 4hLuvers

    4hLuvers Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 17, 2008
    Bay Area CA
    Hi everyone!
    I am trying to decide what to put as flooring in my chicken run. We have lots of wood chips that would be good to use but i have heard that they turn to mud and mold pretty fast. Is this true? I also saw that a lot of people said that a sand/gravel mix is good. How much sand vrs. how much gravel?? What does this work best on? Do you have to rake it every so often?
    Thanks Guys! Ill post pics when its done and the girls move in:weee
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2008
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Sand is always your best bet in your run area. Wood chips hold moisture and odors, they mold and rot and are not a good choice. This is not to be confused with pine shavings in your coop. I prefer mostly sand in my run. It drys the dropping quickly and occasionally I rake mine and remove the dried accumulation.
  3. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    I have about a foot of sand in my new run, and its the only flooring I would ever have. I sprinkle DE on it, toss some bird food seeds on it, and the chickens clean up the whole run for me. "Out of sight, out of mind." Easy!
  4. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Dont use anything organic, like straw or wood chips.

    I use concrete sand in the duck run. it works great. I got 1900 pounds for $13.00. Concrete sand is medium grit.

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