What do you put on the ground in your run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lexie1214, Oct 17, 2016.

  1. lexie1214

    lexie1214 In the Brooder

    Mar 12, 2016
    We are building a run for our girls on the side of our house. Right now there are rocks/gravel covering the ground. We are going to move the rocks, leaving dirt as the ground of the run. They have been in our yard with grass for the past 4 months. Will the dirt be good enough for them or is there something else you recommend putting down on the ground. The area doesn't get a whole lot of sun, so we don't think grass would hold up well.

  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Songster

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    We use grass clippings, leaves, straw, hay, pine needles and other landscape debris. The droppings fall through to the dirt below which keep down odor and flies. Each spring we completely rake it out and that beautiful compost gets tilled into the garden and we start fresh.

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