What's the best ground for a run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sqwidy, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. Sqwidy

    Sqwidy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey! What do y'all think makes the best ground for a run? I've heard just the soil/grass, sand, deep pine? Something else? Thanks!
     
  2. biteme2134

    biteme2134 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sand! Use it and love it. Drains well. Dries fast. Birds dust bathe in it instead of our garden areas
     
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  3. Sqwidy

    Sqwidy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool -- thanks!
     
  4. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Natural pasture with, green grasses, seed, trace nutrients from soil, bugs, worms, and no mud......That is possible with moveable coops.
     
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  5. Sqwidy

    Sqwidy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! I wish I could :/ This coop will have to be stationary though.
     
  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would place my vote on a deep litter.

    Lots of info on this site.
     
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  7. Sqwidy

    Sqwidy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cool -- thanks! Is it easier to clean or keep up with?
     
  8. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    I keep mine deep...8 - 24 inches deep with free wood chips and leaf litter.

    I haven't cleaned the run in 6 years now.

    Smells like a forest floor.

    No bad odors, flies, or mud.
     
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  9. jennianne

    jennianne Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my first time keeping chickens, but when we built our coop/run last spring, we went with deep litter.

    Our chicken setup is built partially under pines, so there was a lot of forest-y type litter to begin with. Each time we mowed, we dumped the grass clippings in there and the girls sorted it all out. In the fall we took all the leaves we collected and piled them into the run which worked well also.

    Unfortunately, I did not save any material to add in over the winter and the girls had it scratched down to almost pure dirt. Since all my yard material is wet with snow, I did not want to use that in there. Instead, I went and got a couple bags of Koop Clean ($13 ea) and threw that in the run. Not looking forward to doing that again from a $ point of view, so I am already thinking about how I can save extra dry material to add over next winter.

    All in all we love this method so far--no smell, the girls love it, and cheap if you use what you have. Just my 2 cents, hope that helps. [​IMG]
     
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  10. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    For a lot less money here, you could get bails of straw or hay, alfalfa is best for the birds.

    Keeps them busy all winter...
     

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