Muddy run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LisaP, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. LisaP

    LisaP Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2011
    Burlington, WA
    I recently moved and had to set up a new coop and run and now the ground in the girls' new run is extremely muddy. What is the best thing to put down to control this? Any suggestions would be very helpful, thanks guys!
  2. Wolftalk

    Wolftalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 1, 2011
    The Coop :)
    Well you can put rocks...but i would go to a Home Depot and buy some cement blocks and put a few of them down and when it drys up in spring take them out and let the ground dry out.
  3. LisaP

    LisaP Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2011
    Burlington, WA
    Thank you for the reply Wolftalk. Is there a long term solution? Sand maybe?
  4. happyhensny

    happyhensny Brown Barns Farm

    Dry leaves - rake them up & put then in. Our girls love to scratch around for bugs and it will decompose quicker than you think. In the fall I will put a good foot thick layer of leaves in the runs and in the spring they are gone. Great compost too if you are ambitious enough to shovel it out.
  5. Tallulah Chicklet

    Tallulah Chicklet Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 9, 2011
    New Haven, CT
    I'm a leaf person myself. Do a search in BYC, this issue comes up pretty often and you'll get lots of ideas.
  6. LisaP

    LisaP Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2011
    Burlington, WA
    I do not have access to a ton of leaves so, will sand work?
  7. two words for you..

    Sand and
    more sand [​IMG]
  8. CluckyJay

    CluckyJay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Crossville, Tennessee
    How big is your run? If you can build a raised run (like a raised garden) you can totally fill it with sand and it will add good drainage.
  9. can mix in some small pebbles also if you want. Even make a design with the pebbles in the corners of the run or something. Think rock garden.
  10. Quote:ohhhh, thats a very good idea. Would not work for me (size of run) but ill have to keep that in mind to suggest to folks with small runs.

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