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Sand in the coop? what about the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Amersa, Oct 20, 2014.

  1. Amersa

    Amersa Hatching

    Sep 30, 2014
    We are setting up a chicken coop for the first time and I am researching things and never thought about sand in the coop, when I was growing up my dad always put sawdust in the chicken barn and outside was just bare dirt. I want to have a green run (grass/ other plants), is that even a possibility with chickens, do they always peck everything bare?? Or should I have two runs where I can alternate grassy patches so that one can grow in while the other one they peck clean? We hope to have 10-20 chickens.
    So if I have sawdust in the coop I will have to change it weekly, but sand only twice a year ? that appeals to me! Does anyone have first hand experience what's better sand or sawdust? We live in a pretty wet climate (south, western BC).

  2. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon
    Unless you have your birds in a portable tractor setup, yes, your run will be bare to the bone...it's just what chickens do! As for sand, I don't personally use it because unless you get the right type of sand it compacts down trapping moisture and there ya go...you'll have a stinky moldy mess before long.

    Face it, chickens require upkeep when it comes to picking up poo...I rake my run every other day. I use pine wood shavings (not sawdust...compacts down) in my coop and love it...
    I wish you all the very best!! [​IMG]

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