What is the best material to put a chicken run? Pea Gravel? Dirt?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kellgirl360, Nov 13, 2013.

  1. kellgirl360

    kellgirl360 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I will be getting chickens next Feb, and I already have a 5' by 10' dog kennel to use as a chicken run. I need to know what the best material to put in the run would be. I have a part of my yard that used to be a playground and is all pea gravel, and I have grass in the rest. I won't be moving the run, by the way.
    I need to make sure it is

    -low low cost
    -not really smelly
    -easy to maintain
    - I cant have the material all over the yard

    Would it be best do just put it on grass or just on pea gravel? Maybe hay or sand?

    Thanks!
     
  2. jetdog

    jetdog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The grass won't last long they will eat it all in no time. I used sand in my covered run and love it, very easy to clean with a cat litter scoop and a rake, never gets muddy and never smells, I clean it every Saturday and it takes about 10 minutes the run is 10x10. I used a course sand like mason sand. They love dusting and it provides all the grit they need.
     
  3. kellgirl360

    kellgirl360 Out Of The Brooder

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    That sounds like a really good product. Is it very dusty? Can you buy it at a nursery or home depot?
    Thanks alot!
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    You'd be better off to buy a truckload.
    Any building supply or landscape business should have it
    Putting about 6" of sand on top of the gravel would be ideal
     
  5. bellschick

    bellschick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Has anyone ever put sawdust in a coop? Good idea or bad....and why?
     
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Sawdust can work if it's not too fine,
    It can be VERY dusty if it's powdery
     
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