What to put in run bed.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jcbydesign, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. jcbydesign

    jcbydesign Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 21, 2010
    Portland, OR
    i have a temporary run that has small flat smooth 3/4" to 1" pebbles that are approx 1/4" tall. (they were already in the area I put the run). Should I just use this or put down shavings or sand or???? I am worried that being that size might prevent the chickens from scratching them around and that the poo will just sit on top [​IMG]

    I am in Portland where it rains a lot. There is a gentle slope so should have some run off.
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They won't have any trouble moving them. Once I was behind a hen scratching through some rocks when she launched a tennis ball size into my calf. Had the bruise for a couple weeks. [​IMG]
    They may appreciate access to dirt to bathe in, and find bugs in.

  3. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    How about a nice layer of wood chips--not shavings but a woodchipper type of chip?

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