1. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Back in Sept before the coop was put in its place, I planted some great grass...now after the wear and tear of putting it in place and this winter great weather, not too mention chicken snacking...I have a great bed of MUD! So come spring do I leave the dirt (still great for grass growing, but it won't happen unless I buy sod!) or do I replace it with something else...and what is that something else! Should be easy to do, cause there is still no "pen" just the space, poles etc to staple it to.
  2. 2dream

    2dream Songster

    Jan 7, 2008
    Jackson MS
    I am slightly confused. Are you trying to grow grass in a chicken run? Or where a chicken run is going to be? Or do you just have mud from tramping around where you constructed your new coop?
  3. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Since chickens like to eat grass, I planted it for them, deep down I guess I knew what the outcome would be...but what should I plan on for the summer? Playsand?
  4. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    You could till it all under and add gardeners lime to freshen the soil but you have to keep the chickens off of it until it has had time to disperse in the soil or a heavy rain. Then you can make trenchs and direct the water away and use gravel to fill like with a septic system. Add some sand to give them something to scratch in.
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I highly recommend sand. It's easy to rake every couple of days to get the dried-up poo out, and you get a nice Zen look after you're finished. Sand dries out quicker than good soil too.
  6. SeaChick

    SeaChick Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    Southern Maine
    Buff, how much sand do you have in the run? Like how many inches? I'm WISHING for sand but our girls dig some REALLY deep holes and I'm worried that after all the trouble and expense of trucking sand in, they'd just mix it up with the dirt underneath. They've thoroughly mixed the soil in their run in with the several bags of leaves and bales of hay that have been given them since October.
  7. Cheryl

    Cheryl Songster

    Beach sand, like for play boxes? As for run off, there isn't a problem with settling water...it just is good loam that has gone through the ringer! I don't have the option to keep the chickens off of it, so lime is out of the question. I have a small yard and the coop and run "space" is permanent
  8. scgamecock

    scgamecock Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    Conway SC
    I have the same problem and I'm trying to figure out what to try.
  9. rrrsmom

    rrrsmom In the Brooder

    Jun 2, 2007
    salt lake city, Ut
    We had a mud problem, that we solved with straw. So far so good. Haven't seen the downfall yet. We get run off from two roofs rain and snow. The straw seems to be working. The chickens love it and our eggs are alot cleaner.
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    Oh boy, do I know the MUD. [​IMG] What I have done is take the straw bedding from the coop, and nest boxes, and throw it across thier yard. Later in the summer, when it dries out, DH will take the tiller to it. It sure helps with the draining...and helps some with the mud....and they LOVE to scratch around in it.

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