We normally see an average of 42.52 inches of rain per year. This last year, we saw 73.28 inches of rain. This year is off to the same start. Our garden will be elevated, just to keep it from drowning. Might even need to cover it in plastic and make a green house of sorts if we start breaking more records for rainfall. The Ohio river needed redirected to Texas, they could have used all this water.
To add insult to injury, we have the bottom land of the neighborhood, the houses behind have hillside that drains right to us. So we got their water too. The ducks are the least of it. It took 2 tons of gravel in their run. Spring we'll need to make some alterations to it and cover the gravel with fabric like mentioned above.
Our water can only go towards the road with the hill in back. What we really need is two trenches on either side dug 4-6 ft deep, currogated pipe and gravel, and a bobcat and some more dirt to direct water to the drainage areas. Costly though. For now we rent this house, we haven't decided yet if we'll buy it or not. So we've done what we can with surface drainage. We put in a cute little brick wall with deep set footers to direct water away from the garage where the slabs are shifting on the floor. Double duty for the wall as a dog barrier, it's so wet the grass has been worn down. So we need to set up a... field rotation... for the dogs. LOL
I've had ducks before... but this last Spring I watched the miserable chickens out in the rain and thought... "Gee.... ducks need to live here". The ducks are happy as can be, water everywhere!
With the work we've done, the ducks have the best drainage and the driest area. We need to do the same with the chicken run, it's settled lower than the ground outside of the run.
Every rain, we get large puddles, and the ducks throw a tantrum until I go out to let them free to play in it. At least some one is happy about the rain. They'll be mad when we change the ground around to redirect water and make better drainage. Maybe we won't break any records though. With normal rainfall, it drains well. Now the ground is so saturated, whatever water table we have here is FULL and there is no where for more water to go.
I've just resigned myself to muddy dogs and a mud pit of a yard for now. Can't throw grass seed until we hit a dry spell, the seed will rot.
With your ducks, the trick is digging down below ground level, laying down landscape fabric, 6-7 inches of gravel, then what I didn't do yet.. cover that over with more fabric and bedding. It's funny that the cleanest and driest spot here is our duck run. Course we didn't know in advance just how much rain we were going to get last year.
ETA: See the water in my avatar? That's what the yard does after an inch of rain. Happy ducks. Filthy dogs until we get our fencing up for a mulched "rainy day" potty area. Mud so deep it'll suck your boots off.
Edited by mandelyn - 1/24/12 at 7:52am