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I'm like Jeff if your not using concrete put pea gravel down. It will help you keep it cleaner too. I would also place wire on top of the ground beneath the pea gravel to prevent a lot of digging.
 

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I used a product called screenings it is basically the fine materal screened off at a rock crusher similar to donafil.I set up concrete blocks around the pen to keep it from washing out then mixed in a little bit of lime and soaked it over and over till it set up hard.It has worked really good for me been using it for 6 years.
 

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I use granite dust, getting 25 tons delivered today for 200 dollars, 100 for 25 tons and 100 for delivery, i spread it out a few inches thick and wet it down with a hose, packs good and you can skim off the top layer when cleaning with a shovel
 

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From experience stay away from pea gravel.... Go with wash gravel. I can buy it here for a little over 20.00/ton.
I clean my pens with a scooper and the pea gravel tends to stick all in the poo. Wash gravel is big enough and heavy enough to save.

Other alternatives other than wash gravel would be concrete. No in betweens in my opinion.
 

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If you can't use concrete then I would use Wash Gravel. Deltadog is right about the Pea Gravel - to small.

I have Concrete pens and Gravel/dirt pens.

The 3 Concrete pens are 6x10 each.

The Gravel pens are 15x40 with the gravel being under the roof and dirt/gravel being open to the sun.
 

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I used to have ground pens with a lime base and I loved them! I laid some old cattle panels on the ground to keep them from digging and put several inches of lime down. The pens were bigger, like 10 by 20, and there was no daily maintanence. Every now and then I would ad a little lime but not to often. I have concrete pens now and wish I had my old pens back. There is a lot more work with concrete if you want to keep the from smelling bad.
 

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I was wondering exactly what type of lime that you are using to make the bottom of your pen? Is it the same type that people use in fertilizer buggies? Powdered lime? Thanks.
I used regular field lime like we use on the farm. Its cheap and available. After its there for a while it gets pretty hard and they won't dig too much either. If the pen is big enough, the crap will disapear naturally.
 
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