Flooding Run ???

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Crafty-Duck, Nov 20, 2012.

  1. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's been raining buckets here [​IMG]My chicken run is soggy and wet with puddles, how do you all keep your run from getting soggy and gross???
     
  2. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The water has drained out but the ground is still really soggy!!!!
     
  3. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I put leaves down and then it doesn't get so muddy! [​IMG]
     
  4. Ullie

    Ullie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put a layer or layers of pine branches down. They are easy enough to take away when no longer needed
     
  5. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is the run covered? If not, even a tarp can do wonders. I use horse wood pellets in my runs but if they were muddy and times were tight I would use leaves.
     
  6. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had leaves down and it did nothing!!! the run is covered and I had a tarp covering! it just rained that much [​IMG] I may just try the pine branches.Thanks!!!
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    What you need is a big load of sand.
    Adding anything organic (like leaves) will just hold more moisture
     
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  8. MimiChick

    MimiChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have to agree with sand as a potential solution. We had a lot of trouble with a muddy run until we put sand in. Then, problem solved. We actually shoveled out a lot of the dirt in the run (beautiful, rich soil for the garden) and then put about 3 to 4 inches of sand in. It worked wonders and now the run only gets damp, no puddles, even where it's not covered. Our run is about 9 x 16 feet and only needed about 2 yards of sand total. And since sand is only about 12.00 a yard here, it was a cheap and relatively easy solution.
    Good luck.
     
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  9. Crafty-Duck

    Crafty-Duck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks!!! it sounds like sand is the way to go!!! [​IMG] for a more permanent solution.
     
  10. Smoochie

    Smoochie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If money is not a factor I would scrape off the top layer of organic matter and put down drainage rock followed by wooden horse pellets. I would also install perimeter drains around the outside of the run and coop and ensuring a positive ground slope. I live on the rainy west coast and deal with lots and lots of rain.
     
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