Hello! I am hoping this hasn't brought up too recently and I didn't miss it while perusing the other threads but I am in a bit of a quandary. The area where I have chosen to place my run (and the only feasible place) is dry on the surface. I have 8 foot long lumber i plan on sinking into the ground 2 feet so the top is 6 feet high. When I started digging, I hit water 1/2 to 1 foot beneath the surface. I live less than a mile from the beach so the soil is maybe 3-4 inches of dirt mixed with sand then beneath that is pure crushed shells. It is a relatively stable area with a lot of vegatation and bushes holding everything. I am wanting to build the run 29 ft by nearly 18 feet wide with a 6 feet height so I can visit the chickens without having to stoop. I hope this will be big enough for 5 chickens but any input on that would be appreciated!! It will be fully enclosed including the top as I have a pair of hawks who love to hang out in the backyard and my dog regularly chases armadillos and opposums out of the yard. I have seen raccoons as well but never in the yard although that will change once the chickens move out there permanently. I also plan o letting the chickens out into the backyard when I am present to surpervise but as I work 2nd shift, they need to have a safe place to browse and chill as I won't be there to shut the coop up until 12:30am! My question is, has anyone else encountered the problem of ghe standing water underneath the surface and if so, how was the problem resolved? I don't want to sink wood in moisture then ending up having to replace lumber every 2-3 years vecause it rotted. Some one suggested elevating but I can't quite picture that in my head and I would love to keep my chickens on the ground. I have a huge surplus of lumber I would like to use rather than purchasing even more materials but am open to other options. I can put concrete in but am not sure how well that'd work considering the ground is still so wet. The chicks will be 2 weeks this Wednesday si I figure I have 3-4 more weeks to get this run built. The coop is already built and is fully enclosed however it is way too small to keep 5 grown chickens on a full time basis. I have a massive old shed as seen on the right in the photo that I plan on converting but that will have to be held until later this fall. The run will start at where the shed is situated (it will be a part of the run) and all the way down to the fence on the other side. I want to keep as much vegatation as possible, not only for privacy but for chicken entertainment! Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!! I appreciate it a great deal! If there is anything I can clarify or tske more pictures to show what I am working with, please let me know! !