Hi Everyone, The winter has not been kind to our coop or run. How do the rest of you deal with the snow and ice and melting of spring? Let's start with our coop problems. It was built of wood 30+ years ago for meat birds, which were never overwintered. This is our first year on the property, and we're using it for layers. We replaced the floor with thick fir boards, but we're now learning that all the snow on the surrounding land drains into our chicken run and therefore trickles into the coop, making a soggy mess. We were using the deep bedding method to avoid coccidiosis naturally, which had to be tossed aside 6 weeks ago when the dampness became too overwhelming. We've since been mucking out all the hay down to the fir flooring every week, replacing it with brand new hay. That said, it wasn't enough and we lost a chicken yesterday, and the culprit appears to be coccidiosis, making my concerns about our coop condition that much greater. We're thinking about putting in treated 2x4s as joists on top of the existing flooring and putting a flooring above it. Then we'd raise the coop door and build a ramp to the coop, hoping that the extra 4" in height will keep the coop more dry. Would that even start to solve the problem? Next, the run. Metres of beautiful grass are now covered in a thick layer of ice. The chickens go outside, poop on the ice, and it turns from a skating rink into a pooping rink. There is now a good 1/4" of poop smeared on the ice in a half circle out of the chicken coop door. We never feed on that portion (obviously) but on the ice beyond it hoping to leverage the old adage that "the solution to pollution is dilution." Nonetheless it's getting disgusting. I thought about throwing hay on top and mucking it out every so often, but that just feels like it'll make a bigger mess. What do you do? The section of the run that gets the most sun has melted and the chickens are destroying what little is left of the grass roots. The problem is that they're concentrating poop there too, making it a muddy, poopy mess, that they're pecking in. Where do we even start? We want our chickens to have free access to the outdoors, but the outdoors appear very unkind this time of year. How do we keep our birds healthy in this weather? Thanks for your help.