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Chicken Run Bedding

I have 8 chickens. I usually keep them in
their run when I'm at school and let them out when i come home. I let them free range in the garden for the whole weekend.
Of course I am keeping them in the run for the foreseeable future due to bird flu.

The run is 36m squared. I has gotten very muddy and wet recently and their is very little grass growing in their. I have put up a temporary brick walkway over the worst part but the chickens are walking in mud and water and their legs and feathers are dirty. I am looking for a cheap bedding material I can cover their run withotel to prevent it getting muddy and wet.

Stephen2001
Monday, February 6th, 2017

fresh wood chippings, find your local tree surgeon or sawmill. Don't use bark chippings as they can go moldy and cause respiratory problems.

Emmet Mcknight
Monday, February 6th, 2017

I use bark (woodchip) and I find it works well.. a good layer of it and it's soaks up the water too.

Dinger100
Monday, February 6th, 2017

Would sawdust be OK?

Stephen2001
Monday, February 6th, 2017

For outdoor itd get mixed in too quickly and be wasted

Dinger100
Monday, February 6th, 2017

i have 4inches of pea gravel on my run and it works great no wet or muddy ground and the hens can scratch in it to there hearts content you only have to rake over it every so often

lucie15
Monday, February 6th, 2017

Woodchip Stephen. Find your local green waste centre.
They sell it by the digger bucket load. It's screened and costs 15e a tonne in weight / not the "tonne" bags on donedeal for 30e from the yard. (Total rip off)
I get a 14x6 trailer with sides for about 40e end of each summer. And top up as needed.
Never had any respiratory issues as I spray the ground every 3wks.
Birds feed from threadle feeders and drinker nipples.
I find chip better than pea gravel as the hens tend to kick stones onto the grass
And cause problems with the lawn mower. Chip won't fit through the fencing and stays in the run.

Leaving a run in watery mud is a breeding ground
For disease. If you do have water patches even with woodchip
Dig it out and put a layer of 804 stone (1inch stones) and cover over with woodchip.

Mickeyjoe2013
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Hi lucie15,
How much does the pea gravel cost?

FionnG
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

about 25euro a tonne

lucie15
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

make sure u put membrane down first, or gravel will dissapear into the mud

pearl
Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Thank you lucie.
I would say I will buy some.
That's a good idea pearl,
I was thinking about it washing away but that would solve the problem.
Thank you,
Fionn.

FionnG
Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Have you tried wood shavings?

You can learn more about it here: https://barncoop.com/best-bedding-for-chicken-coop/

chickenmanmath
Tuesday, February 11th, 2020


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