Why do my chickens hate sand and DE in their run??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by OEggs, Jun 30, 2016.

  1. OEggs

    OEggs New Egg

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    My run is damp even though we graded the ground before placing the coup. I guess it's just a damp corner of the yard. It began to smelling terribly so I raked it out yesterday...yuck!!! I filled the run with play sand and DE at a ratio of 4/1. Drains beautifully as I immediately proved by (accidentally) flooding the area about a half hour later. The chickens hate it!! I had a terrible time bringing them in from free range because they didn't want to step on it. Now they won't come out of the coup because they have to walk over it to get to the exit door! Now what?? Do I wait them out it did I do something wrong?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Chickens hate change. I use the deep litter method, and frequently after a litter change they are reluctant to enter the coop. They will acclimate to the change.
     
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  3. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. chickiezar

    chickiezar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use DE, Regular Top Soil, Coarse Sand, and lil pebbles.
    I make their dust bath with those without the pebbles and they love it. I live in La nothing except humidity. I put the coarse sand, the top soil, De and Pebbles, Sprayed Vinegar on top no more mold and no stinky....
     
  5. BuffOrpington88

    BuffOrpington88 Non-Stop

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    Welcome to BYC! It may help if you threw some scratch in the run to encourage them to go in there. Good luck!
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Welcome to Backyard chickens. You can try some Stall dri (for horses) to sweeten up their run/coop.
     

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