muddy yard any problems with that?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Rhaena, Aug 2, 2007.

  1. Rhaena

    Rhaena In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2007
    After all the rain we have had lately, the chicken yard has turned to muck! Are there any chicken problems related to them walking around in mud for most of the day? They do get out of their yard to free range for about 4 hours in the afternoon - once our dog is brought back inside.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You shouldn't have any problems, just they will get dirty. The only one problem I ever had with mud and after a heavy rain with with batch of late summer chicks that grew up in dry conditions. They were about 8 weeks old, everything down poured, and cocci must have come out of their dormant state because all the chicks got sick despite being on medicated feed. I treated them with amprolium and they all made a full recovery.
  3. V Chic Chick

    V Chic Chick Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Bristol, England
    I've never had a problem with mud - mine are in a run, and so enevitably it turns to quagmire, especially in winter, and also this summer we have had a lot of rain - 15mm of rain.

    Either way, I found that they don't even look too dirty, although when I had white hens they took on a reddy-brown tinge that was strangely similar to the colour of the soil [​IMG]

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