What flooring should i use in my run??

PaulaG

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 23, 2011
50
0
97
Suffolk, UK
Hi

Firstly sorry if this is in the wrong subject.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend a material i can use on the ground of my chicken run to prevent it getting too sloppy when it rains?? Sawdust? Bark? etc.

Thank you!
 

PaulaG

Chirping
8 Years
Oct 23, 2011
50
0
97
Suffolk, UK
It is just dirt atm, the grass went straight away and its a fixed run. The dirt is fine but rain is a prob as we get a lot in UK lol

I think sand would get sloppy after a lot of rain! Thank you
 

happyhayshens

In the Brooder
7 Years
May 8, 2012
12
0
22
Morgan Hill, CA (South Bay Area)
I'm using dirt. Here is what I did. Concrete floor, then tar paper for water barrier, then tarp that runs up the sides about 12 inches. I used screws to hook the tarp eyes over to hold the tarp up. Then poured dirt on to the floor. As the girls poop, I add more dirt, up to about 6 - 8 inches. Then, I pull the dirt out and "voila" Compost. Put the dirt into your garden, and replace it with dirt that needs fertilizer. We have four garden boxes that will be rotating through to be fertilized.

I have heard of the sand idea. Thought about that one. But, since I already have the dirt, ad don't need/want to buy sand.....

There you go.
 

chfite

Songster
8 Years
Jun 7, 2011
2,171
117
214
Taylors, SC
I the sand is deep enough, it will drain and the top will be dry for the chickens. Organic materials such as sawdust will get wet and stay that way for a while until dry.

Chris
 

fried green eggs

Songster
8 Years
Mar 25, 2011
1,905
78
181
S.E. Michigan
I put 6 inches of sand on top of dirt in my run last summer after the grass was gone. We had to go over the sand this spring with a rototiller to make it soft again so it would drain. The chickens had packed down the sand so it drained slow after a rain. Now its great again and chickens are enjoying dust baths and scratching again.
 

rosewolf22002

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 30, 2012
241
5
93
Near La Vernia, East of San Antonio
I live in sand and I must say I love it! The rain is drained with-in 5 minutes and a plus the sand dries the poop and lowers the smell! I have a pen that we used to have a garden in that is imported dirt. I smells bad if I don't get it clean!
 

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