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Chicken Run and Well Placement

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stephsicola, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. stephsicola

    stephsicola Hatching

    Jan 6, 2015
    Yesterday, my brother pointed out that our planned coop/run placement is just uphill of our well. I hadn't thought of it (I'm new to well water) but it does seem like a bad idea. We will have 25 chickens if it makes a difference.

    My husband doesn't think it's a big deal and not worth moving it to a different location because the first spot is super convenient. The only other flat spot is much further from the house and shed.

  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging 7 Years

    Nov 23, 2010
    St. Louis, MO
    Distance to house and shed is a consideration cause you don't want to always be carrying things a way.
    The coop doesn't need to be on flat ground. A slope will drain better and tend to keep the run dry.
    As for the well, it depends on how deep it is, if lined and is it dug or drilled.
    A shallow well will be getting more surface water.
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging 7 Years

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I agree with CC. Your cop will be cleaned out periodically, and the bedding moved away from the well site, so should be okay, if it's a deep well. Site the coop where it works best, considering convenience, neighbors, shelter, shade, etc. Mary

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