Hi everyone... Help needed!
My hens lived in a little woodland before, well-draining with many trees to protect them from rain, and I had no problems (They were the luckiest chickens in the world!!!). I would also let them free-range around the farm that we lived on.
I have just moved house, and I don't have such a big area for my girls.
I have a run for my 5 hens, 5 metres by 9 metres now. There is no grass in the area and the trees overhead don't serve much in the way of shelter. I have provided 2 shelters for them, one 1 square metre, the other 3.
They still look as miserable as ever when I go up to see them and it's still as muddy as ever everywhere else in their run. Preferably I would like to cover the run with perspex sheeting and wood to keep the rain out but I think this is way too expensive and (maybe) difficult to do. Am I right? I haven't really researched it very fully so I could be wrong.
So my next option would be to gravel/woodchip the run, but how easy would that be?!
I need a solution quite soon, really. All advice gratefully receaved. If anyone's got some pics to share of their solutions that would be useful too.
Thanks in advance,
Living with 6 hens - 1 Light Sussex, 1 Wellsumer, 1 Legbar x Leghorn mix, 1 other mix, a Barred Wyandotte Bantam and a Buff-laced Wyandotte bantam; a dog, 5 mice, other birds and some vegetables!
R.I.P. Dido the best Light Sussex ever