Mud in run, what to use?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bheila, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    I have a run that is 50'x35' that has turned into mud now that it has started to rain here in the great northwest. So I am wondering what I should put in there to keep the chickens from having to walk in the mud all day. I was thinking playchips or hogfuel. Although I haven't priced things out yet. I wanted to get some ideas on BYC first. The chickens are allowed to go into another run that is the same size about every other day that is just grass. I just hate the site of mud.
     
  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Colorado
    I don't have that problem here but a couple of things I've heard people suggest:

    1) Put a tarp or cover over part of the run so that area stays dry.
    2) Use sand.
     
  3. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    The best would be compactable sand. It's coarser with small rock and around here is used as a base for concrete.
     
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  5. bheila

    bheila Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2008
    Kent, Wa
    Sand? Why didn't I think of that, duh? I've heard it a million times it just didn't come to mind. I was just trying to think of a way to get rid of our old playchips when we get our new ones. But sand definitely sounds like the way to go in our run. Thanks for the responses.
     

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