Something good to put down in a coop/run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Flutterbee, Aug 24, 2014.

  1. Flutterbee

    Flutterbee Chirping

    Aug 11, 2014
    Since grass doesn't grow, what's something good to put down in a coop that will make it less muddy and be good for the chickens to scratch in?

  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Straw is a good choice. The chickens love scratching in it, it absorbs some moisture, and it is compostable. Another option is sand. I've never used sand, but I've read/heard that it is easy to clean and healthy for the chickens to live in.
  3. rc4u

    rc4u Songster

    Feb 3, 2014
    myself i have never had luck with straw as it molds to easy in winter especially and holds to much moisture...i like 4-6 inches of sand then start with 4 inches of pine chips and add a little weekly...and use deep liter method...jeff
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Do you mean the run(where the chicken are safe to scratch and lounge during the day) or the coop (where they lay eggs and roost to sleep)?

    I'm guessing you mean the run. Less muddy = less water.

    Check your drainage, where is the water coming from and can you divert it so it goes somewhere else?
    What kind of soil is there?
    Can you put a solid roof over part of it?

    My soil is sandy and slightly sloped so it drains well.....but after very heavy rain and especially during snow melt, I spread a thin layer of straw around to decrease the muck tracked into the coop. they scratch it around and so it doesn't get moldy.

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