Building a new run

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terrysgirls
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Re: Building a new run

Post by terrysgirls » Thu Jun 02, 2016 5:14 pm

Hi, I'm new to chicken keeping. I have a coop on wheels in a 10' by 10' walk in run with a roof. The roof, back and one side is covered with a transparent tarpaulin, the other side is just 12 inches from a fence and the front is not covered. The run is on concrete slabs. At present I am putting chopped bamboo on the floor, which is what was used at the place where I bought my chickens, but am planning to use aubiose when I have used up the bamboo. When we had a lot of rain recently the run floor got very wet, but I'm not sure what else I can do to stop rain getting. Also I would like some advice about using the aubiose eg how thick should it be on the floor of the run. At the moment I scrape up droppings every afternoon along with some of the bamboo, and after the girls have gone to bed (six of them) I put down sanitizing powder. I replenish chopped bamboo as required and sweep out the whole lot when it seems necessary and clean the slabs with Jeyes fluid, then start again. Any advice would be very welcome.
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Re: Building a new run

Post by dinosaw » Fri Jun 03, 2016 7:42 pm

Hello and welcome to the forum Terrysgirls.

I go for a depth of about three inches on soil but I've got a quite a few runs so I have to be miserly with the stuff, if you haven't already got kickboards on the run then it's worth putting some on to stop them scratching the aubiouse out of the run. You don't need to use sanitising powder every day, for the size of your run and the number of birds you have if you were to worm them with flubenvet every four months and say use the powder liberally once a month that would be fine especially as you are poo picking regularly. With regards to the rain there is a limit to how much you can keep out, especially if it is windy, what you can do is reduce the amount of water splashing into the run as it comes off the roof by fitting guttering with a downpipe.
terrysgirls
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Re: Building a new run

Post by terrysgirls » Sat Jun 04, 2016 11:18 am

Hi dinosaw. Many thanks for the info. I have just used flubenvet for the first time and I do use verm-x and apple cider vinegar, so hopefully all will be well. Thanks again :-).
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Re: Building a new run

Post by chix67 » Fri Jul 28, 2017 4:39 pm

This is a good image on keeping chickens http://www.approvedtrader.co.uk/?T=Keep ... ckens#cost, talks about chicken runs and chicken coops, bit simplistic but a good starting point
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Re: Building a new run

Post by Little red hen » Thu Sep 28, 2017 11:52 pm

Do you have a shed? I found great ideas on pinterest for using part of shed instead of having a coop outside and a run which reduced space. And the rat moved out. Have 3 bantams and shed with window - just cut pop hole in bottom of shed and made an indoor run when its horrible outside and the rat(s) didnt find it so easy and left. I have a 4x4 feet run but let them run outside in garden if you have space. If not, plant appropraite hardy plants for interest (tough grasses seem to work) to give them space from each other. And as has been said, cover part of run at least and wood, not bark, chips. Exciting to get your hens! Enjoy!
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