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    mags6999 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all

    I've read the great article on muddy runs, but I'm still not sure what I should do!!! Senior moment methinks.

    Anyway... we have a go up omelet coop and run, so I'm confident that when our chooks are asleep they are ok. However, we extended the run with another walk in 3m x 4m run (nothing but the best for our girls). The ground is flat at the end of our garden so I suspect digging troughs etc doesn't apply. Oh and we live in Kent in the UK. .Unfortunately now the nights are drawing in our girls are in bed when we get home from work... we're really missing them and so are not able to let them out to roam in the garden... and it's started raining so I don't want to let them into the garden at weekends in case foxes get them... we do have one fox that comes into the garden but the girls seem quite unperturbed.... silly chooks... But I digress!!

    I don't want our girls to get bumblefoot or parasites (obviously) and whilst the run isn't total mud, the grass is certainly vanishing. I have woodchip bark from the garden centre. Should I put a couple of bags of that in there? I know they like scratching around where I have it round my flowers (especially Keira lol), but I thought it would hurt their feet and be uncomfortable... Sorry if I sound like a mother hen (excuse the pun) but they are our family and I know I worry too much about them...

    Bottom line, an easy answer of how to keep our girls healthy. I suspect come the spring/summer we will lay some more turf down in there for them. Until the walk in run was purchased we moved the omlet run every five days, but we ultimately felt that this run was not big enough for our girls.... we now have some logs in the run and they love climbing on them.

    Sorry I digressed again.

    I look forward to learning!! If honest I would prefer not to put sand/gravel down, but if that is what I have to do then sobeit. I'm a tad annoyed actually, when we got them we asked whether a concrete base would be ok and was told not, so we laid the lawn with turf!

    Gosh another digression. Ending here lol
     
  2. mags6999

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    oops I think I've put this thread in the wrong place... doh... Will be cutting and pasting.... sorry all
     
  3. mags6999

    mags6999 Out Of The Brooder

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    Growl

    This appears on the home page (I think).... sorry very much a newbie... I turn to BYC when I have a problem.

    Will leave well alone and follow answers in this thread.

    Thanks again...
     

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