Under the coop run maintenance

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KeriannG, May 1, 2016.

  1. KeriannG

    KeriannG Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2016
    Hello all

    I'm new to the chick community - just bought my first six chicks! Love them! I converted half of my shed for their coop which has an automatic door leading to their run. Part of the run is a typical fenced in 5 x 8 area, however as my shed is raised a few feet off the ground I decided to make the underneath available to the chickens as well. My question is what is the best bedding / materials for this section. As it is covered it will be protected from the elements. But since it is under my shed it is not easy for me to get under it for cleaning, etc. My shed is really close to my neighbors who are 'reluctantly' OK with our chickens, but are worried about the potential smell. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated! :)
  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 26, 2011
    Upper Peninsula Michigan
    It is quite hard to clean under a coop like that, and even harder to retrieve eggs layed there, or birds that can't or won't come out. I do not let my birds under my raised coop for just those reasons.
  3. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I don't put anything under there, it's just bare dirt. Don't need anything else. Rarely, do I have to crawl under there and get something. Matter of fact, in the over 6yrs since the coop has been built, I remember 2 times, I retrieved an egg from under there. The chickens use it for shade, and from what I've seen, dustbathing.
  4. Swurts

    Swurts Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 28, 2016
    Mid Illinois
    If you're worried about it smelling and neighbors complaining, I would do builders sand. I have it all through my coop and run. I use a pitch fork with a small section of hardware mesh attached to clean. It works like a large litter scoop. Quick and easy
  5. Leigti

    Leigti Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 22, 2015
    Walla Walla WA
    Pine needles or pine shavings. Alsp toss some treats there so they scratch it around. Fresh eggs keep neighbors happy.

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