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My small solution to a muddy run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blurose, Oct 30, 2009.

  1. blurose

    blurose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the deep litter method in my henhouse but still have all of the shavings completely changed about every 3 months. When DS does this, he tosses the old shavings out into the run. This makes a nicer surface to walk on than the mud which would otherwise prevail and my girls think they've got buried treasure to find all over the place.
     
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2009
  2. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    that sounds great- i have been wracking my brain trying to figure what to do with this run.. i will try that since its supposed to be dry for a few weeks




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    I did put a raised board to get them above the mud pit- when it rains hard we get the flooding on one side, after A few hours it drains - the bottom picture is the outside of the run
     
  3. blurose

    blurose Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Robin, [​IMG] I think you've got a much bigger problem than just mud. I think you need to put in some ditches to divert the water from your run first.
     
  4. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow! You need a drain! You could run a pipe or three under the run so that the water doesn't bother the chickums, then throw all the litter on top.
     
  5. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    Yep, we were sitting out there yesterday discussing options, raising the cement barrier, then building up the channel to divert the water- we don't see heavy rain that often, but when we do it causes our wet weather creek to run- i think drainage pipes are a must... lots of hind sight- we were more concerned about predators, and the coop is on our porch with run below it...so i could keep them locked up if necessary
     
  6. Highland Moongazer

    Highland Moongazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Or tiny boats. Tiny boats would be fun *and* cute.
     
  7. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How about ducks instead of chickens?
     
  8. LizzyJo

    LizzyJo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Around here we call them ick-ens.
     
  9. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Wow... chickens with a swimmin' hole!
     
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And so nice when the water moccasins come to call! [​IMG]
     

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