Sand vs. Dirt? Are there other terrains for a backyard chicken run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Lily97, Nov 2, 2012.

  1. Lily97

    Lily97 In the Brooder

    Jun 25, 2012
    Delaware County, PA
    We have five chickens in a medium sized chicken coop with a 12 foot run. We just have dirt in our run but a friend of ours uses sand in theirs. She said the sand drains well, is easy to clean, and the chickens can also use it as grit. I just wanted to get a few more opinions.

    Also, is there anything else that you can use for the terrain in your run?

  2. sunnyvera

    sunnyvera Songster

    Sep 4, 2010
    NE Ohio
    I would love to have more sand in our chicken run - but it is sooooo large. We have free woodships that we put in the low spots and that helps with the mud. There is always something to scratch for in the chips. We do have an old sandbox with sand, and they use that for bathing. They have free range of the vegetable garden, so do not spend all day in the run anyway. With 8 days of straight rain, I have to say their run is spongy and wet.
  3. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    There are other options, l am sure. Nevertheless, sand is hard to beat.


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