What should I use as flooring for my run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by polishchickens111, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Songster

    Jun 1, 2011
    Over there
    I'm building a large run for chickens (currently chicks) and I'm almost done, but can't figure out what to use for flooring. I'll be using sand inside of the coop (when they're old enough) but I was not sure as to leaving the run as dirt so they aren't bored or put sand in for ease of cleaning? My family is very busy and we have predators in our suburban neighborhood, so they will not free range as they much as they might like. [​IMG]
  2. ChixWrangler

    ChixWrangler In the Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    What state are you in?? Sand in the coop won't insulate very well in the coop but will work very well in the run.

    We are using sand in the run and pine shavings in the coop.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    See my 'fixing a muddy run' page (link in .sig below) for discussion of the pros and cons of different types of footing.

    I don't see as sand is really any less interesting for the birds than dirt is. If you are located (coop site, and climate) where mud is never going to be a problem, then you may as well try leaving it as dirt. If however you live somewhere such that mud is likely to be an issue at some point in time, it might be smart to PROACTIVELY add sand or something similar WHILE THE DIRT IS DRY AND PACKED. (If you add sand to already-muddy soil, the sand kind of just disappears after a few months)

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Songster

    Jun 1, 2011
    Over there
    Quote:I live in NY. The upper temperatures reach about 95 degrees, in the winter a low of maybe 10. I also was considering wood shavings for the coop, they are cheap from where I buy food for my other animals (the store does not sell chicken food) and a lot of people have recommended them.
  5. polishchickens111

    polishchickens111 Songster

    Jun 1, 2011
    Over there
    Oh and I was also wondering if sand was good for dirt bathing or if I should build an area for that?
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2011
  6. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Songster

    Jan 17, 2009
    Pembroke, Ma.
    Quote:I use sand in my run and love it. The birds also love to dust bathe in it. Just try to keep it clean and you'll be pleased with the results. My birds pick their spots to dust in.
  7. ccar2000

    ccar2000 In the Brooder

    May 29, 2011
    Littlerock, CA
    I have a dirt run.
  8. kichohana

    kichohana Songster

    Dec 28, 2009
    Johnston County, NC
    I have a covered run that is sand and an uncovered run that is dirt. Lately since the temps are up here (mid 90's) the girls happily dust bathe in the sand/shady run. After a good rain and the dirt's all softened up, they love digging in the dirt run. Both are easy to clean with a rake. I think I prefer the sand run tho. Seriously doubt i'll ever fill in the sun run with sand. Been pretty happy with it the way it is. [​IMG]

  9. hudsonhousechicks

    hudsonhousechicks Songster

    Jun 2, 2010
    I use sand, about three or four inches and then cover that with rice hulls. It's great plus it makes good composting material.
  10. fargosmom

    fargosmom Songster

    Dec 27, 2008
    Pasadena, CA
    The only thing I noticed about having a dirt run was that the poops had a tendency to cement themselves to the packed dirt, so it was actually harder to keep clean. One I added a couple of inches of sand it was much easier to clean - I sift it like a cat box and it's a piece of cake. Either way the birds can dust bathe, but the sand is cleaner in my experience.

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