Sand instead of grass in the run

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

  1. MacNobody

    MacNobody In the Brooder

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    I have a rather small back yard. I am wanting to basically build a sandbox and use that as the run.

    Good idea, bad idea?

    edit: Good grief, I am tired. Let's try to make more sense, shall we?

    My thinking is that the sand will be easier for me to clean up. I plan to use cob bedding inside the coop and pine needles outside. I can scoop up the pine needles pretty easy when it needs to be cleaned outside. If I don't use pine needles, and just go with bare sand, the chickens can scratch that pretty easy.

    With just the grass, will it be too messy with 6 hens scratching it?

    I am thinking about a 5'x10' run for 6 hens. Is this big enough?
     
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  2. JanetS

    JanetS Songster

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    We use sand in our chicken's run. It works great. Easy to clean.
     
  3. MacNobody

    MacNobody In the Brooder

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    Thanks Janet.

    I realized just now that I didn't have a lot of detail about my plan - so I edited the original post.
     
  4. bugflipper

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    A run of grass that small would soon be bare ground then of course mud when it rains. A sand box bottom would be ideal. They churn it themselves so there is little to no cleanup needed on a regular basis.
     
  5. MacNobody

    MacNobody In the Brooder

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    This is good to hear, thanks for the reply!
     

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