muddy run-do the chickens mind?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shend, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. shend

    shend Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 16, 2010
    west michigan
    I'm in real sandy area, but with all the rain, the run is damp and looks uncomfortable. Do the chickens suffer from it being wet?

    It looks like their feet can take it but wondered if there is anything I can do to dry it up. Add straw or bedding wood chips or something?
  2. Speed

    Speed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2011
    The Berwicks
    Do not add straw, it retains water and will only make a bigger mess. I hear everyone saying chickens don't like to get wet, mine free range and if it gets too rainy they go back to the coop or take cover under a tree. If it's deep mud like dragging their tail feathers through I would add some crushed stone or hand dig a drainage ditch. It sounds like it's just due to the rainy season and it will dry up.
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try a shade over the run, at least for the rainy season.

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