What to put in the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by first time farmer, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    Personally Id prefer about 4" of sand or gravel and a layer of fine leaves, clippings, straw, etc. But that's just me.
     
  2. first time farmer

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    i will go to the landscape supply store wednesday after school (i get out @ 1 because of finals!) and see what i can find lol
     
  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Other posts here have said if you put sand or gravel in a muddy run to make sure the run is dry when you add it. It will disappear into the mud otherwise.

    Imp
     
  4. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

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    Quote:Get some sand.

    I'm going to... I have to.
     
  5. Equus5O

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    You don't need anything in it, if you don't want. Sand is good if you will have a muddy run. My chickens free range all day so they spend very little time in the run. I usually put a couple inches of lawn clippings or leaves in it. Congrats on the new run.

    Imp- My run is cleaner than the deck.

    I hope to cut the grass tomorrow, if we don't get more rain. We've been kinda wet here lately.

    I can just toss some grass clippings into the run? Won't it get slimy and rotten?
     
  6. echlfan

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    Well this is the first & only time that I have been happy we have VERY sandy soil.
     
  7. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Small run, covered, two walls. Really doesn't get very wet in there. Never had the clippings get slimy, just turn brown. Eventually I rake it out and dump into the compost bin. And add more, or in the fall/winter use leaves. The chicken crunch up the dry leaves too. I'm in the Seattle area so we don't get a lot of soaking rainstorms except Dec/Jan. mostly drizzle.

    Imp

    I've seen a couple posts about chickens getting long pieces of grass stuck in their crops. I mow at least once a week so I never get long strands.
     
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2009
  8. G Wiz Ranch

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    Me too! I kid you not, I dump out the ducks kiddie pool water and within minutes it is all gone. Within an hour the top layer is dry and sandy.

    Today, I was trying to remove a huge tree stump so I dug a big hole all the way around it and then used water to expose the roots so that I could cut them, I had 2 garden hoses going for 3 hours, by the time I finished lunch (20mins), there was NO water in the hole.

    My chickens free range, but I put some large tree stumps and branches in the run, for those days I don't let them free range. They use them for shade, wind blocks and to hang out on.
     
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  9. echlfan

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    Quote:I understand!

    BTW, my parents live in Lompoc!!!
     
  10. TrixiePA

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    I put a childs plastic 3 by 3 plastic cube (used to have a slide attached) all primary colors with circles and squares cut out for fun, in my run.

    The birds love it. And it's easy to spray clean....
     

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