What to do with ground of run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by akchickenman, Mar 9, 2017.

  1. akchickenman

    akchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2017
    Anchorage, AK
    So I am almost done with my coop but now realize I never decided what I was going to do as far as the ground for my run. I will have a small flock of 3 hens and they will have a 40 sq/ft run to play in. Currently the run is grass (well snow at the moment), and since I rent, I need to be able to return the area to grass when I leave. I know with a smaller sized run like what I have, the ladies will tear it up in no time, so I need to figure out something that will be easy to clean up when I leave which essentially gets rid of the possibility of sand. At least the soil under the run will be extremely fertile for replanting when I leave!!

    What would you recommend for the floor of the run in this situation?
  2. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 17, 2015
    SW Ohio
    :)Have you looked into the Deep Litter Method? We do this in our run and it's been great, low maintenance, no odor, no flies and when we do a complete clean-out once a year a trailer full of beautiful compost for the garden. We use straw, hay, grass clippings, leaves, landscape debris, fruit and veggies.

    Do a search here on BYC, a lot will pop-up.

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  3. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2015
    I'd leave the grass til they've killed it . Make lots to climb like branches , take advantage of the height of the run , mine love to climb .

    I put an old step ladder in last year , it became the favourite spot .

    As the grass dies you could add your leaves , grass clippings ect.
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  4. akchickenman

    akchickenman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2017
    Anchorage, AK
    Thanks for the responses! I have been reading about the deep litter method but wasn't sure how good it would be for a smaller run! Glad to know it works for you and that I can use it to feed my veggie garden in the spring!

    Good idea on letting the ladies play in the grass while it's there! I will definitely do that.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2017
  5. bobbykiki07

    bobbykiki07 Just Hatched

    Feb 4, 2017
    Riverside ca
    Deep litter is the way to go. Is not nearly as complicated as some make it seem.
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  6. Justjered

    Justjered Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 4, 2016
    Galesburg, Illinois
    We have a larger 20x20 area for our outdoor run, about 1/3 is raised grass and lettuce beds. 2x4's with 1" hardware mesh across the top to allow the grass to grow through but not allow the chickens to tear the roots up. Gives them fresh greens during the spring/summer/fall.
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