Mud in the run becoming a problem.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Mycookoonest, Aug 18, 2008.

  1. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our coop is located under a HUGE maple tree, and so is the run. Well naturally the ground is dirt. We've had quite a bit of rain and it's not pretty when they are out there in the mud.

    DH and I were trying to come up with solutions to keeping the ground at least a little dry... should we try shavings? I was also thinking sand so I can rake it out with the droppings.
     
  2. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no, not shavings. anything organic (i mean, plant-based, not chemical free [​IMG] ) that you put down is going to compost and become an absolute mire. if you want to put something down that will help drain the soil, consider gravel, sand, or a combination of the two. you want to aim for five or six inches of draining substrate.
     
  3. Mycookoonest

    Mycookoonest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ALRIGHT!!! Gravel I didn't even think of that... DH was afraid the sand would cause problems with them. How big of gravel do I need?
     
  4. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used a 89/10 crusher stone base in our run and even as a base in our horse stalls. It works great!
    Rain drains right through and it's small enough and packs down well.
    I'll occasionally rake over it to even it out and I've also put shavings and leaves over the top and rake them out to the mulch pile when they've gone through them and they are getting too thick.
    If it's going to be raining a few days, I go out and rake the few inches off and leave just the base so it doesn't get mucky. I do put DE in a flat black pan out for them to dust in too. I leave one corner with the leaf buildup and the worms come up from underneath, also other bugs, rollypollys seem to hide there.
    I like the leaves in there because it gives them something to do during the day.
     
  5. ravenfeathers

    ravenfeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:i think the size of the gravel is up to you and how much you want to spend for dirt, ha ha. as for sand, lots of folks here have sand runs. some people even use sand as bedding in their coops. it won't hurt them all, as long as it's a natural, coarse sand.
     
  6. belibutn

    belibutn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no, not shavings. anything organic (i mean, plant-based, not chemical free wink ) that you put down is going to compost and become an absolute mire.

    We use pine shavings because we want the compost, but we haven't had any mire type problems. Maybe is the the quantity we put down, or the fact that we make sure that they keep it scratched up, and other times we rake it around as well. The shavings work great for us

    We didn't want to use gravel or sand because we wanted them to be able to get to the dirt and grass sprigs and bugs and all that. We also figured that gravel would just be more uncomfortable on their feet.​
     
  7. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Another possibility is to build your birds a low platform so they can exit onto a dry surface. Our birds love their platforms, inside and out and they're easy to clean with a paint scraper and a little bucket...I'm sick of the heavy rains too...luckily we had roofed our run or I'd be going crazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzeee

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    Last edited: Aug 18, 2008

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