Okay everyone, I need some advice. I have 2 coops with outside runs, but neither run is covered against rain. We are in the rainy season here in Hawaii and we have some serious mud. Our soil is good at draining, but it does have clay fines mixed with the volcanic porous stuff, so it gets slimey and sticky when wet. I've just been dumping straw into the runs to keep them from turning into hog wallows, but I'm seeing some of my chickens with huge mud balls on the ends of their toes. I have just spent 45 minutes cleaning up one of my barred rocks with a scrub brush, warm water and a gentle detergent. She was wrapped in an old blanket and put up with the indignity OK, but I don't want to have to do this any more and I can see at least four more ladies out there in need of pedicures. Any suggestions on how to clean up toes or how to prevent this in the first place? The mudballs were composed of grass, mud, poop, and feathers. I picked up the hen that looked the worst and cleaned her up first, but I really don't know if there's a better way then hanging her over the sink wrapped in a blanket and scrubbing....soaking with detergent seems to help dislodge the stuff, but it's almost like concrete. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!