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Post by spencer 1 » 11 Jun 2014, 09:20

iI have built a coop from an old playhouse and the only place it can go is on concrete
i was woundering what to put down if anything in the run .
Ihave been given a silkie hen and 9 chicks but when the chicks have growen we will keep 4

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Post by MamaOwl » 11 Jun 2014, 10:55

They'll need more than concrete to live on...They are jungle creatures... do you have any dirt or soil at all for their day-time foraging?

If not then I would probably get some wood bark, sand for dust bathing and a load of potted plants... it's going to cost you a lot though keeping it up.

In all honesty 'only concrete' doesn't sound ideal for chicken keeping :-( they will be miserable ...
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Post by spencer 1 » 11 Jun 2014, 12:03

meant to say that they will be let out in the day into the garden :oops:

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Post by jillychick » 11 Jun 2014, 12:38

You could use a deep layer of sand on top of the concrete it's easy to poo pick and can be replaced and disposed of easily enough.
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Post by drfish » 11 Jun 2014, 15:03

In all fairness, if they are free ranging every day, it wouldn't matter that much at all. If they were to be kept in there for more than a few hours at a time, then I would at least put something over it, sand or wood chip are probably the best option.
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Post by MamaOwl » 11 Jun 2014, 15:18

spencer 1 wrote:meant to say that they will be let out in the day into the garden :oops:

Ahhh well then that's different! lol

Mine have a coop and integrated run on concrete too... but they are never locked into the run and range abut the yard / garden / anywhere else they aren't allowed like my kitchen when my son left the back door open!!
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Re: flooring

Post by farmer Warren » 20 Jun 2014, 22:34

i gave mine a plywood floor with sharp sand scattered on top and put it a foot in the air so i could see any rats and shoot them and it also gives the girls somewhere to shelter from the sun and rain.

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