Chickens, rain and mud!?!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ukchickengirl, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. ukchickengirl

    ukchickengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just wondered how you all cope with the rain and your coops?? Mine is half covered so they can get shelter (big run - cant free range [​IMG] ) but the rest of it is just mud mud and more mud, i use wood shavings to try and soak it up a bit but any ideas on anything else??

    Thanks

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  2. chickbea

    chickbea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 18, 2007
    Vermont
    Well, you can try adding large amounts of sand to help improve the drainage, but that can only do so much. If you have anough land, you can make two runs and alternate them, planting a fast-growing ground cover in the one you aren't using. When all else fails, some boards and low roosts placed around give the birds places to stand so they aren't in the mud.
     
  3. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    I second the sand idea. It really helps.
     
  4. Farmer Kitty

    Farmer Kitty Flock Mistress

    Sep 18, 2007
    Wisconsin
    When it got wet this fall I used sand in the run and then covered part of the run with a tarp so not as much rain got in.
     

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