Here's my problem spot... It's mess right now, in more than one way. I will blame that on the previous owners (my dad and brother), none of that is mine! But, I digress.... This is a covered area of the back side of what will be our coop. I want to use this as part of our run, and be able to close it in more during the winter to allow the chickens to get out in a mostly snow free area (I am either going to do the back wall as a permanent wall or as a seasonal wind/snow break. It's about 8' X 10', I plan on digging down along the outside edge to bury the hardware cloth and add gravel to help with drainage. After reading patandchickens page on muddy runs I think I might add a gutter to that roof as well to direct the runoff water away. Under the roof overhang we get some water pooling, mostly in the spring with snow melt running off the bank behind the shed. I'm wondering how much sand/gravel I would need to add to keep this usable for the chickens this time of year, would 4-6 inches be enough, or should I go for 8 inches? There is probably an inch or two of standing water in the lowest spot now. Or should I really spend more time and effort on a gravel trench along that outside edge?