Do chickens like mud?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by UrbanFarmerGreg, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. UrbanFarmerGreg

    UrbanFarmerGreg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    I built a new duck coop for my pair of indian runners and since they seem to like wet so i built it at the back of our lot where the ground is damp... well i added 2 chickens about a month ago and am now wondering if its too wet for them....? its not all mud but the grass is spongy and a bit mossy there it is damp most of the time except in mid summer.
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Chickens pretty much like dry.

    Ducks, well they must be in heaven..........
  3. CrestedGirl

    CrestedGirl Polish Obsessed

    Mar 7, 2011
    Fort Worth, Tx
  4. UrbanFarmerGreg

    UrbanFarmerGreg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    Can the dampness cause them to get sick or get diseases easier? they do spend a fair amount of time either on top of their 'house' or in it... The 'house' is off the ground as well...
  5. mutantroosta

    mutantroosta Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 13, 2011
    the chickens might just get webbed feet =p
  6. Pineywoods Peepers

    Pineywoods Peepers Certified Poultry Accruer

    My chickens love the mud. I ran a puddle for them this summer when it was 100 degrees plus, and they all loved going and wading around in it and scratching around in the mud when it dried. They also like to go scratch around in the spot where out a/c run off puddles up.
  7. SteadysDream

    SteadysDream Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 21, 2011
    Boardman, Oregon
    My Roo LOVES the mud. I can't keep those small jar water-ers around him because he pecks at them and knocks them over so he can play in the mud. [​IMG]
  8. <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3

    <3 N.C Chicken Chick <3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 24, 2011
    Jacksonville N.C
    wet area = bad for chickens it can cause foot issues
  9. WishboneDawn

    WishboneDawn Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 19, 2011
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Mine do. I imagine there are some tasty bugs there. I wouldn't keep them in mud but when they're free ranging they often like to pick through it.

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