What do you guys put in your runs?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by NewToFarming, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put up a temporary run, a silkie playpen until I am able to rehome some of these roos. I do free range mine but had to put this up because the roos just tormented them constantly. It has been up about a month now and all of the grass is gone and when it rains it becomes a mess, then they spill their feed and that is another yucky mess! What do you guys put in your runs? I plan to only use this until some of these boys find homes and they can free range again.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Unclebean

    Unclebean Rest in Peace 1977-2013

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    Sand should help!
     
  3. itsmechrissy

    itsmechrissy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We've got gravel covered with about 2 inches of sand in our run, the girls seem to love it.
     
  4. nuchickontheblock

    nuchickontheblock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings in the run area and food and waterer up on a concrete block. that seems to minimize the mess.
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  5. Darklingstorm

    Darklingstorm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put my cut grass in the bare spots of my run area. they love to search through it and it eventually degrades into more dirt.
     
  6. Dewsetter

    Dewsetter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put hardwood wood chips in mine. It works really well. I bought it from the DIY shop and it was in the decorative garden stuff along with the chipped bark.
     
  7. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the ideas! I am not sure which I will try first! [​IMG]
     
  8. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For something different i bought a flake of timothy hay to put in the run. It smelled great for a couple of days , but then just turned messy. I went back to pine shavings, lawn clippings and sand.
     
  9. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check out my Mud Eradication Page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=19926-mud-eradication-project

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    Pat's Fixing a Muddy Pen page: https://www.backyardchickens.com/web/viewblog.php?id=1642-fix-a-muddy-run

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    have lots of info. Mine also has pix. Sand (over gravel) is perfect b/c you can just pick the poop out of sand (I use a plastic horse pitchfork w/ hardware cloth zip-tied on to keep the poop from going through.

    I would NOT use wood chips or other organic material. Trust me--been there, done that, regretted it. Anything organic eventually turns into MORE MUD (mixed w/ chicken poop) and then you have to remove it. Nasty!

    Hope this helps!
     
    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011
  10. NewToFarming

    NewToFarming Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you so much! I was able to view the 2nd link but nothing came up for your project page. I like the idea about the hardware cloth over the pitchfork!!! Great idea!!!
    Yes, I did throw some pine shavings in and it didn't last long and smells terrible, then when you mix wet spilled feed in with that....OYYY! LOL
     

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