Will this work for maintaining run floor long term?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SoORchick73, Jul 12, 2011.

  1. SoORchick73

    SoORchick73 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 9, 2011
    I have 6 hens (cant have more due to ordinance) and my 15x4' run floor is dirt. So far ive been raking it out every other week and then yesterday I locked the girls in the coop and gave the ground a good hosing. Is that going to be good enough? I dont really want pine shavings on the ground out there. They do drag some out from the coop as they go in and out...im ok with that because its minimal. Is it ok to just leave it dirt? I dont have to have sand or pine right?

    It doesnt seem terribly dirty or poopy. Mostly leftover tidbits such as melon rinds or whatnot.
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2011
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Dirt is fine as long as it doesn't get too muddy.

    If it does then you can add some sand for drainage
  3. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Yakima, WA
    My run is just dirt. No troubles.
  4. chicken_noob

    chicken_noob Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2011
    Chehalis WA.
    Chicks are like kids...and what lil kid doesn't like playing in dirt lol.
  5. Buugette

    Buugette [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Cra

    May 26, 2009
    Bucks County, PA
    My run is 7 x 18'... I have peat moss on one half and sand on the other. I rake it every couply weeks, the sand drains nicely and dries out the poo great. Seems my girls like the two different sides. No smell, no flies, and happy hens.

    I found that when I left my run as just dirt, it hardened to the point the girls couldn't do much and were bored. They love the loose peat moss and sand.

  6. Whitney13

    Whitney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    Malvern, AR
    My coop and run has dirt floors. So long as you keep the mud and dust under control you should be good. We are in the middle of a drought here so I have to hose my run down every day and my coop down every 3-4 days to keep dust under control.
  7. ditto

    ditto Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 14, 2011
    So....when you say you hose it down, you mean just a gentle spray to control dust, right? not a complete dousing that makes everything mud, right? why else would you hose down a dirt floor?
  8. Whitney13

    Whitney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2010
    Malvern, AR
    For the most part I just gently spray everything down but my chickens like to play in the mud and it is over 100 degrees so I give them a few mud puddles in the run to play in.

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