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What should I cover my dirt floor run with?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by themartins, Dec 9, 2011.

  1. themartins

    themartins In the Brooder

    Dec 3, 2011
    We have our coop in a previously fenced in area of our yard but there's no grass. It's just a dirt floor. The coop itself is above the ground so it's just in the run area. It has good drainage but having a dirt floor does get messy sometimes. What's the best thing to cover it with? I see a lot of people recommend sand and pebbles, but how easy is that to clean? Do I just change it once a year and rely on the scratching to keep it stirred up? This is our first time with chickens so any extra insight would be helpful.


  2. LeasureChix

    LeasureChix Songster

    Feb 16, 2011
    Medford OR
    I really love using wood stove pellets. You can hose them down, they are more absorbent once they are damp. They break down into very nice sawdust. I like it better than any other floor covering. It is super helpful in areas of mud but I use it everywhere. You can get the wood pellets that are sold for horse stalls. Just ask for the ones that don't have added chemicals.

    Good luck!
  3. petejd

    petejd Chirping

    Sep 25, 2011
    Bluffton, SC.
    I used play sand. I found that is drys quickly, and just rake once every 2-3 days breaks up the poo. Add a little more when it seems to have settled into the ground.

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