Open run in swampy and rainy area what could I use as flooring

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Welsh, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. Welsh

    Welsh Hatching

    Jun 3, 2012
    Hi all,

    I have got six hens. They have two coops one elevated and one on the ground in an open enclosure of 20m x 20m which also acts as a run. The run is concreted thoughout. Their sand pit is under the elevated coop and their nestboxes are attached to the inside run walls. They have got a covered roosting place, too.

    I tried using sand, grit, shingles, bark over the last couple of years but the coop always gets swamped up with heavy rain and as I live in Wales (UK) it rains pretty much a lot here.

    Has anyone got any other ideas what I could use as flooring in the outside run?
  2. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    If the floor of the run is concrete, are you wanting to add to that something that will drain well?

    If the coop is getting wet in the rain, have you checked to be sure your roof is not leaking? How much roof overhangs the sides of the coop?

  3. citychickx6

    citychickx6 Songster

    May 14, 2011

    Perhaps making a trench on the outside of the run and lining it with plastic or pond liner then topping it with cobble can help divert the water around the run instead of into it.

    I have a similar issue and am going to try and divert the water.

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