I need advice..... Muddy chicken area!...wanting to be nicer and cleaner

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mrsroeder2012, Mar 7, 2013.

  1. Mrsroeder2012

    Mrsroeder2012 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a 1,852 sqft area for my chickens outside and it is so muddy when it rains, I also have water flow right threw there area so tat makes it worse, I put hay Down but the first rain it washed away and now it looks like crap. So my question is.
    What can I use to make it look better and not have to worry about it being washed away or muddy and making my chickens nasty, please give me some advice to want u use or what u think might work, cuz I have really nice chickens that I don't want nasty......I am going to show u some pictures of the area and Maybe u can help me!


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  2. tajuano

    tajuano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to hear some advise as well. We have similar problem. Our run is covered, but the way it is location is, all of the backyard water ends up there. Hate it, so I feel your frustration. Perhaps digging around a ditch and filling it with gravel will help, that way water will stay in the ditch and will not spread all over the place. I noticed that hay and straw seems to make it worse rather than help.
     
  3. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    When you say you have water running through the area, do you mean like a stream or do you mean run off from after the rain? I have sand in my run so the chickens don't get muddy. But sand would wash away if there is running water.
     
  5. mustangruss

    mustangruss Chillin' With My Peeps

    Those grazing frames are a great idea. I have the same mud problem in my run.
     
  6. Mrsroeder2012

    Mrsroeder2012 Out Of The Brooder

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    I guess it would a run off after it rains but during it to when it floods Liz9910
     
  7. Mrsroeder2012

    Mrsroeder2012 Out Of The Brooder

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    Tajuano I hate it and I hope u find a idea on here to I want this fixed....I hate it ,and Ellie32526 I really don't care for that I'm sry good idea but I think I wouldn't like tho, and mustangrusswhat are u talking about grazing frames ?
     
  8. tajuano

    tajuano Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think grazing frames are good idea, but how those frames are to help us with the mud and flood?
     
  9. I have the same problem!
     
  10. johnnyg07

    johnnyg07 Out Of The Brooder

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    When the town collects the christmas trees each year they bring them to our local recycling center. There they put them in the wood chipper and make a giant pile of wood chips. They are nothing fancy like mulch for a flower bed but they are free and i fill up my truck with the wood chips and load up the area around the coop. The birds love scratching for bugs but they provide good drainage when it rains and gives enough separation from feet to mud. No matter what you do you will have mud..if there is no grass when dirt gets wet and birds are walking making it that much softer it will be a muddy mess but i find the wood chips almost completely eliminate the problem.. Basically the same concept as laying hay but lasts longer and is more effective
     

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