Meet Helen. She is the smallest out of our four hens. For some reason, she likes me the most. We are standing in a wagon that is filled with (literally) a ton of sand. I would love to have an adorable little red chicken coop with a large run, but instead I have a small green woodland coop with a small detachable run. We've found keeping a fresh layer of sand keeps the girls happy and the mud down. Getting sand by the ton is WAY cheaper than buying by the bag. Once it is soiled, we scoop out the sand and put it in a corner of the garden. We'll add the compost later when it is time to till again.
Bubble gum boots, wet sand, and a chicken - A great way to spend a summer morning!