Originally Posted by Blarneyeggs I know not all agree, but I like putting straw down on mud. Also keep branches in the run for them to perch on.
My girls love sitting on their branches on wet days.... And sitting and pooping on the covered porch.
Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
with all this rain...............I have never had a muddier run.................its really really gross!
and it smells!
I feel sorry for the girls and have extended a different area for them............but we are still gonna get more rain tonite.............
what do you all do in these circumstances........
I do let them free range all over the yard for 1 hour but that's only one hour...............poor girls.............
perhaps I really really do need a better rough situation................
anything I could add to the mud to improve the situation ( now if this is a set up for funky ideas)
It is gross out there!
Originally Posted by barbiegirl
Mine are all swampy and smelly too. Too much rain and It is going to rain again tomorrow.
My girls go out in the mud anyway.
From my experiance straw stinks really bad when it gets wet and starts to decompose.
The tree frogs have been chirping and shrilling all night and day and still going strong now!!! Argh, they kept me up last night. I hope I can sleep, they are sooooo loud. Even with the windows closed.
Enjoy the frogs! I would love to live out far enough to hear them....
Originally Posted by dheltzel
You're very fortunate to have tree frogs (and other wildlife). Amphibians are generally the first to disappear when the environment get polluted. Every chirp is a reminder that the environment around you is healthy (or at least healthier than many places).
So tonight, when you hear them, count each as blessing that you live where you do.
Originally Posted by fisherlady
Lisa, you asked about what folks use in their runs...we use a fine gravel. stand a pressure treated board up on edge around the base of the run and then fill with 3" or so of the gravel. It will pack in on the underlying layer and the top will remain rather loose so they can scratch. Poo will wash through it with rain or an infrequent hosing and they don't have mud any more.
Here is our young roo, Flecks, posing on the gravel this morning...
Thanks for the help again! Flecks looks happy and proud. Beautiful boy. What breed?
Originally Posted by griggy
Happy Friday! Haven't slept a wink, but my eggs are hatching! I've got two babies out, one who has zipped all around but is taking his/her time and a bunch of other pips. Next time I'm not putting the incubator on the floor...my back and legs are killing me from sitting there all night! Go babies go!
Originally Posted by fisherlady
Personally, I would switch them over at that age and given your circumstance. I believe the issue with feeding youngsters layer is the extra calcium causing their kidneys to have to work harder, but your crew should be within a few weeks of needing it anyway, so I don't think the short term exposure at that age will do any real harm. If you are able to do supervised free ranging around the coop you will find they won't eat nearly as much of the feed also. It can be as simple as an hour or two a day while you are in the area to watch for stray dogs and such.
Thanks for posting this. I thought my girls weren't eating much, but they free range all day. I totally forgot!
Originally Posted by Auroradream26
Thanks. i am so nervous about letting them out to free range. I'm afraid they won't go back into the run
they still don't all go back in the coop on their own at night. They insist on roosting out in the run lol
They'll come back, they know where to get the food!