chooks in winter

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sussexchook

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chooks in winter
« on: October 25, 2011, 10:15 »
i have a coop with a  run and a area of my garden wich is all fenced in
 i have 5 chickens well 4 and a cock and i just wanted to no what is the best thing for the floor in the garden area as with the rain  it is just becomeing a mess it was all stoned  but with my ladies looking for food and digging holes it is just a mudy mess  the run i have made has a plastic roof so thay do have a clean dry area to go and i do have places where thay sit outside  off the floor so thay are not sitting in the mud  thay do like digging and looking for food but when its  all wet thay get covered in mud and take it in to the house
 we have started keeping them in the run when it rains but i do like to let them out when it stops

if anyone can tell me the best thing to use or do that would be good 

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chicken george25

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Re: chooks in winter
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2011, 11:09 »
Hi there ive got 5 bantam hens in our enclosure whick is 10 foot by 10 foot in mine ive put some slabs down to stop them getting to dirty, but they still have mud to look for food in, so thats all i can say at the mo. Maybe get sum old slabs and lay them down?

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Casey76

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Re: chooks in winter
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2011, 12:30 »
I throw down the shreddings from my autumn prunings - so a mix of apple, hazel and beech chippings.

It adds substance to the mud and also gives the  birds something to scratch about in :)



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