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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chicken03, Apr 6, 2009.

  1. Chicken03

    Chicken03 Songster

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    What do you guys do when your run is worn to dirt? Should I move their pen or just let them scratch in the dirt? I know that if I plant grass they will just rip the seeds out.
     

  2. Year of the Rooster

    Year of the Rooster Sebright Savvy

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    I ended up putting mulch on the bottom of their run [​IMG] They had a hay day!
     
  3. CityChook

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    Add sand to keep mud under control.
     
  4. What I do is rake the leaves in the yard and put them in my runs. They love scratching around finding all the little treasures they can find.

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  5. LauraSBale

    LauraSBale Songster

    if your run is big enough, block half off, and seed one side and let grow tell its nice and full, then let them on that side and seed the other side,.

    the leafs is a good idea to, also through down some soft hay, the same horse would eat
     
  6. Omran

    Omran Songster

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    Quote:Just get a gardentiller and till the dirt they will love it. [​IMG]

    Omran
     
  7. I concur with Omran. Use a small garden tiller and dig it up every so often. They dust bathe and hunt for insects/worms for days. Since my soil compacts down I add leaves/mulch/sand etc. to keep it loose and from turning to mud pie.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2009

  8. add gravel, mulch and grass boxes.
     
  9. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Songster

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    My runs are all DG to keep them nicely conditioned (show birds). They compact it pretty tightly sometimes, so I till the soil every so often. Just did that recently... they had a blast playing in it.
     

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