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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MamaChic21, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last March, we made a place for the chickens and ducks. We had no idea that we couldn't have put it in a worst spot. Because when it rains, inside of the run looks like a river. I would like to change the location and change the design but I have no idea where to put it [​IMG]. If anyone wants to look at my BYC and give me ideas or suggestions, It will be greatly appriciated.
    Thank you in advance
     
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  2. CoyoteMagic

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    Why not put it up on the hill? Or put in french drain to drain the water away from the coop?
     
  3. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've considered that, but those 2 huge trees will be a challened to cover them with chicken wire, that's the only opstical for that location. As far as the water and electricity, I could have a plumber and electrian come over but what if when it snows, long walk from home :-( [​IMG]

    what is a french drain, how does that work ?
     
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  4. mulewagon

    mulewagon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey, I've been exactly where you are! Big ol' dog kennel, lots of runoff, mud, soggy wood chips, stink... [​IMG]

    First, do away with the chips, straw, etc. It just soaks up water and holds it, making everything nastier.

    Second, block water from coming in and speed water going out. Put logs or landscape timbers along the outside of the high sides to stop runoff entering. Clear along the inside of the low sides to help water run out through the wire. You can also spread a big tarp over the top - anchor it with bungee cords to trees or posts, so it overhangs the sides and blocks rain from blowing in.

    Third, go out during a good rain to observe the water flow. Divert it around the coop - you can place logs at an angle where the water flows, or dig trenches to change the direction a bit.

    Once you've done all that, evaluate the situation and see if you need to build french drains: http://www.easydigging.com/Drainage/installation_french_drain.html
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    at this point, sand may become more useful.
     
  5. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you set it up in the backyard area, not far from the house where it doesn't flood? If desired, the view from the lower deck could be blocked any number of ways. I would put it where it's dryer and convenient to the house. A simple false front could be added & painted to match the house if that's a concern.
     
  6. jason_boivin

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    I looked at your coop roof angled towards your run. Should angle the other way so run off gets away from run not into the run. I think you could just put down pea gravel and sand to build it up. And like posted prior divert water around/away from your run.
     
  7. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've put sand, pine chips, hay, gutters, plastic thing to elimanet rain around their coop and there are few things left for me to do as you guys has mentioned. However, do you all think it shoudl stay at it's location and do the other things I didn't do yet, or should I relocated them ?
     
  8. MamaChic21

    MamaChic21 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    oh honey I've read that 2-3 times. question; if this was your backyard, where would you have put it ?
     
  9. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

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