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  1. Leah and peeps

    Leah and peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi Everyone,

    Well, we had a little a bit of snow for a few days but it now has all melted and we are stuck with a very wet and muddy run! What can we do to prevent/fix this problem?
    Have a great New Years Eve! [​IMG]
     
  2. mgw

    mgw Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    Eastern Wa.
    A quick fix is scrape out the mud, then cover it with straw. Long term would be to put down 4/6" of well draining sand.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    See my "fixing a muddy run" page, link in .sig below. A multi-pronged approach usually works best in the long run, but you may want to do a sort of "band aid" solution for the time being.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. Muscovies

    Muscovies Chillin' With My Peeps

    I put sand in my pens when it gets muddy or I rake it out do I need to do something different?

    Thanks
     
  5. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Coarse sand good. If possible, trench for proper drainage if there is no natural slope. You could toss in a couple of pallets temporarily for them to get up out of the mud. Leaves are free and would work to soak up water. Then they will have a pile of damp leaves to root through. Mine love to root around in wet leaves. [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2011
  6. Count Orloff

    Count Orloff Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:That is a very informative article that you wrote Pat. I am going with some drainage tile around my coop and I am definitely going to use your deep sand method. Thanks again!
     
  7. briteday

    briteday Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2008
    Northern NV
    Our climate doesn't usually involve a lot of wet weather. But when we have "one of those years" I keep bags of leaves on hand (ask everyone you know who rakes them up to save them, can always be used in compost pile if you don't end up using them in the run) to throw down after a storm, lots of fresh shavings in the nest boxes to prevent dirty eggs, and as a last resort I'll buy a bale of bedding straw as needed to spread in the run. Sometimes you can score some free bedding straw after Halloween or Christmas at local schools and churches who host holiday celebrations.
     
  8. Mrsfoote

    Mrsfoote Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2010
    Laurel Montana
    I also had a muddy run so i headed to my local yard supply store and bought about 8 bags of pine bark and laid that down. It absorbs the water and there's virtually no mud just have to rake it around when they scratch around in it.
     

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