1. cowman910

    cowman910 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Suffolk County,NY
    from all the rain and melting snow my run is really mud(my ducks arent helping either) but what can i try to put down without spending any money?
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009

  2. Suburban chick farmer 09

    Suburban chick farmer 09 Songster

    Feb 21, 2009
    St. Louis MO
    From what i've read on here sand is the way to go. If you can't get it free its pretty cheap to buy.
  3. kycklingar!

    kycklingar! Songster

    Feb 9, 2009
    Linköping, Sweden
    layer tons of hay at first! I also found zoyzia sod to be really useful. (just help somebody clear a patch for their spring garden, and POOF, you have free sod!
  4. purecountrychicken

    purecountrychicken Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    Gray Court, SC
    Yeah,,thats what I keep hearing too,, sand is good and drains water well and doesn't cost a lot.
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Don't put sand onto mud. It will disappear in short order leaving no trace of the expense or work you put into it.

    Put sand (or gravel, or a sand/gravel mix) on bone DRY ground for a good long-term muddy run fix.

    For now, while things are real wet, the best first-aid is some sort of coarse organic material. Ideally coarse wood chippings or coarse mulch, but something finer like tree chippings or straw can also work as long as you rake it out and replace it before it starts to get too nasty.

    Also do everything you can to limit water input. Install gutters (yes, even on a small coop [​IMG]) and downspouts to direct roof water well away; put a cover on the run if possible; and trench around it (ideally leading the water away to lower ground).

    Good luck,

    Pat, in a mud swamp herself and expecting Barn Flooding Problems tonight with anohter 1" of rain, sigh

  6. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Everything Pat says.

    If you are looking for a way to walk through without getting muddy, you could put in rocks, cinder blocks, such as that, as stepping stones. They will eventually disappear into the mud, especially as you have a freeze/thaw cycle, but could be a temporary help. I have plenty of free rocks if you want to come to Arkansas.

    You could build the level of the soil in the run up to help it drain, but they will dust bath in it and create puddles so you will constantly be filling mud holes. And putting loose soil in right now would really make it muddy. A dry season project, then cover it with sand.
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009
  7. TexasVet

    TexasVet Songster

    Nov 12, 2008
    Willis TX
    I really don't recommend hay or straw! I tried that last year and the chickens just mushed it down into the mud. The muddy top dried, but the hay (about 2 inches down) stayed wet and soured. It was a stinking mess that I had to dig out a month later. And in addition to the soured smell, it had fungus and stuff growing in it... not something you want chickens to eat.

    Wood chips, on the other hand, seem to work better. In a pinch, that's what I use.

    Kathy in Texas
  8. I have had great luck with sand this winter. Within 24 hours of rain/snow my run is nice and dry and easy to walk thru. I wish the same could be said for the path leading to the run!
  9. Sylvie

    Sylvie Songster

    Jul 15, 2008
    Quote:Was this coarse sand?

  10. cowman910

    cowman910 Songster

    Feb 1, 2009
    Suffolk County,NY
    Quote:ok i will start driving now and i will see next week [​IMG] lol jk but i will try to find rocks to put in there

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