preventing a muddy mess

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beach livin', Feb 17, 2012.

  1. beach livin'

    beach livin' Songster

    Sep 21, 2011
    my run is dirt. but not this time of the year. its more of a compacted mud. the news is calling for a nasty weekend, so before the storm hits, i was going to rake up pinestraw and leaves. if i throw a good layer down in the run, do you think it will help with the muddy mess? or in your experience, is it a waste of time?
  2. sunket77

    sunket77 Songster

    May 21, 2009
    Texas Hill Country!
    I need help too! everything is being coated with mud including eggs! stinky chicken poo mud [​IMG] and my poor chickens in these yucky conditions! but I don't have any pine straw and can't seem to find a place that has hay (if they do it's way to expensive!)
  3. ontimeborzoi

    ontimeborzoi Songster

    Nov 13, 2008
    Northern Neck of Va
    Organic materials like pine straw or hay are okay for short term solutions to mud, but the cure for mud is sand. Several inches of sand. Even better is to use landscape timbers or build a perimeter box from 1 x 6's, make a raised sand run which will drain and be nice under all conditions.
    I thought Manteo was nothing BUT sand....

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