Flooding Run ???

Crafty-Duck

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It's been raining buckets here
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My chicken run is soggy and wet with puddles, how do you all keep your run from getting soggy and gross???
 

Smoochie

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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.
 

Crafty-Duck

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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
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I may just try the pine branches.Thanks!!!
 

MimiChick

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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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Smoochie

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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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