Planning to fix a muddy run by turning it into a "sandbox", good idea?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Granolamom, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Granolamom

    Granolamom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2008
    When we built our 15X30 run at the end of our (sloped) yard, we did not realize that it would turn into a mudpit during rainy weather, and that's exactly what we have now. The run is so muddy and stinky, that the hens spend the entire day in the yard, and only go into their run to get to the henhouse where they sleep at night.
    We've thought about several options, one of them being to dig a trench all around the run, and then fill it with gravel, but since our yard has tons of roots and rocks in the ground, this would be a huge project we really don't have time for.
    As an easier and quicker fix I thought about building a sandbox border around the run, and filling the entire thing with 4-6 inches of course sand. Is there any reason this would not work?
  2. broodfowl100

    broodfowl100 Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 15, 2009
    sand is a good thing im going to do the same [​IMG]
  3. Rusty's Ranch

    Rusty's Ranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    So Cal
    We put sand in our run and love it. Just had our first rain of the season and everything drained well - no mess, it's great. Sand is easy to keep clean too. A side benefit, my chickens use it as grit. [​IMG]
  4. They Call Me Pete

    They Call Me Pete Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    I have grass/leaves then rake it up and add it to my compost pile.
  5. Sissy

    Sissy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    I am dealing with a mud hole of a run.
    Imay have to try this I have tried gravel and it just sank into the mud.
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Sand is probably the best thing you could use for your run.
  7. LovinMyHensInNC!

    LovinMyHensInNC! Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have been waiting patiently for my DH to bring me a truck full of sand! Although I am putting it in my chicken house which is converted from a horse stall.

    I think it is a swell idea!
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I love the sand in my run; I'm planning on putting a layer of it down in my winter coop, too.

    One thing about the border: you wouldn't want to put it down so tightly that it hinders water from seeping out from under it into the surrounding ground.
  9. CHIC

    CHIC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2009
    Isn't sand kinda expensive? I use straw and put it in my compost. I don't know though. The chickens make me really mad because they just scratch it all up under the henhouse. Anyone else have this problem?
  10. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Coarse sand may be the answer. I am in Knox Co Tennessee. My run is grassy, but I have 1/3 of it fenced off to grow the grass I recently cultivated and seeded there. That puts a extra traffic burden on the rest of the run and it has gotten muddy in spots this week due to heavy non-stop rain here. I am adding coarse sand to the path that is being worn between the gate and hen house. It will double as a cheap source of grit too. Only thing that has saved my bacon so far is that my site slopes somewhat, so no water ever stands in it. That is a must for any chicken run for optimum health.

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