What surface cover to use

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by whatdacluck, Aug 6, 2010.

  1. whatdacluck

    whatdacluck Out Of The Brooder

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    I think I'm in the right section here, if not adm please feel free to move the topic.

    I have an 12 ft x 7ft run with no roof and the ground is bare with no grass.
    When it rains it gets muddy. I had thought of covering it with wood-chip, however I saw someone had sand
    on theirs and thought that might be better.
    Any advice greatly appreciated.
    Many thanks.

    Pat
     
  2. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, [​IMG]!
    The first opportunity you have to send a PM to patandchickens, you'll get some great advice. She has literally studied this. Without pictures or a further explanation, it's a little hard to give usable advice, so I'll ask some questions.
    --Is the run in a low-lying area?
    --Does your soil absorb rainwater, or is clayish?
    --Is there a lot of shade where the run is located?
    --Do you have a coop or building that has a dry floor? [​IMG]
     
  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have sand in our runs and I love it.
     
  4. whatdacluck

    whatdacluck Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:Thanks for the reply.

    in answer to your questions...
    1... No
    2...clayish
    3... sun most of the day
    4... yes

    Thanks.

    Pat
     
  5. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand will make a big difference. With 84 sq. ft., I think about 14 fifty-pound bags of sand, or it's equivalent, would cover it nicely. The birds will also ingest some of the sand as grit, so that their gizzards can grind up ANYTHING they eat besides chicken crumbles, so it's a win-win. [​IMG]
     
  6. grandmaof5

    grandmaof5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely sand; you won't regret it.
     
  7. Gallo del Cielo

    Gallo del Cielo La Gallina Resort & Spa

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    Quote:If he lives in the desert he would. Sand gets incredibly hot. It would be good to know what his climate is exactly before making an accurate determination.
     
  8. IonaFarm

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    Does it make a difference with the type of sand used? Play vs course construction type?[​IMG]
     
  9. whatdacluck

    whatdacluck Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Ireland so we are in summer season now. I have no roof on the pen, just wire to protect from predators and the ground gets pretty mucky. I think the sand might be better for them?????
     
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Ireland: SAND!
     

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