We had our first big storm of the season last week and I realize that work needs to be done on the enclosure/run area -- right outside the coop entrance the dirt turned to terrible stinky muck, other areas are nasty too, but not quite so bad. As it is now, it's a mixture of dirt, mulch, old chicken feed, sand and who knows what else -- and you slide when you step on it. The coop and enclosure are up on a terraced area with bulkhead about 3 feet above my backyard -- I have no idea what lies below it all (probably established about 60 years ago). I'd like to make it a bit firmer up there with better drainage if possible. I was thinking of adding more mulch, sand and perhaps pea gravel but am not sure if this makes sense or not (this is definitely not my area of expertise). Also wondering if a few stepping stones might not help me navigate the area at least, of course the hens will kick up dirt all over the place no matter what's done. I also am wondering if this is something that perhaps should be done when the whole area is dried out and maybe should be dug up a bit and redone starting down at least a few inches. The coop stands next to this area and is fine cuz it was put on top of a floor of concrete blocks -- at least it stays dry inside the coop. If I knew what to do, I could get the proper materials and then give instructions to my handy man to carry it out for me. Thanks!