level ground

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by llaaadyel, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that the coop has to be level but is it ok for the run to slope a bit. I am thinking it would be better for water runoff if we get a lot of rain.

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  2. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:It all depends. Slope is ok but if you have to go out there a bunch then a steep slope probably should be terraced. Me.... I can barely do a gentle slope. Arthritis and the need for a cane most days. Id be ok with a handrail though. [​IMG]
     
  3. llaaadyel

    llaaadyel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was really thinking more of a gentle slope not something too steep. We get plenty of snow in the winter and a good amount of rain. My thought was that allowing the water and melt to drain would be better than level ground which might pool water.

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  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:slope is good then
     
  5. TN_BIRD

    TN_BIRD Chillin' With My Peeps

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    U might want to consider adding drainage under the coop/run. Maybe a layer of gravel??????
     
  6. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All the advice I've read on coop placement strongly suggests a gentle slope. And that's exactly where I placed mine.
     
  7. sherrydeanne

    sherrydeanne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Slopes are great; even a pretty steep slope is fine for the chickens (harder for us and fencing though) [​IMG]
     
  8. debid

    debid Overrun With Chickens

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    Level runs = mud pits. By all means, use the slope. I went out and checked our run space during the last series of flooding rains. Damp but no standing water or riverlets running through. I wanted to dance and squeal because it's a huge problem here with our clay soil and I wasn't sure the area had enough of a slope.
     

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