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HELP! Chicken run has horrible drainage! URGENT

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by safarichick101, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Their coop is an old barn turned into a chicken coop. Its very sturdy so we didn't have a lot of options when deciding where to put our chicken coop. [​IMG]

    Well, we in East Texas have clay soil, so the drainage is horrible. Puddles stay for days and the chickens get their feet wet and gross. I know this can cause disease. Is there some way I can solve this drainage issue?
     
  2. Hillsvale

    Hillsvale Chillin' With My Peeps

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    someone else started a thread on this the other day, do a search for drainage and your have your answers. [​IMG]
     
  3. rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Save all glass bottles and jars and bury them real deep when its dry enough and cover with whatever kind of shells you can obtain. I also use sandy soil in the puddles to raise the level of the ground. Keep raking up lots of leaves and needles to give them something to scratch around in other than mud. If it doesn't work, you might want to consider concrete.
     
  4. chickenshagg

    chickenshagg THE ALPHA ROO

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    I put down about a yard of Peagravel in my run. That has done a pretty good job though I think I will add some more this spring. I have also added several bags of sand. When we had snow on the ground I put out straw for them so they could come out and not have to stand in the snow. I did not spread that out, I just put it down in clumps and they spread it out quite nicely.[​IMG]
     
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    see "fix a muddy run" link in my .sig below [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  6. safarichick101

    safarichick101 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thanks that was helpful! So basically I just have to get A TON of gravel/sand?
     

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