Hi All, I am in the planning phases of setting up a rotational pasture system for a flock of layers...would like to start with about 50 birds, if things go well move up in scale. I have about five acres of pasture available, but some of is is wet, and that is where my questions arise. Some background information: The wetness is due to clay loam soil directly underneath and a hardpan of clay about two feet down...the pasture has turf and thatch and grass stems growing on it, but when you walk on it, you can hear the squish of water underfoot. During dry periods in the summer (in Maine...never gets terribly dry) the squishy area shrinks to a mere few hundred square feet...but during the wetter seasons, when there's plenty of rain and less evaporation, about an acre is squishy (an unfortunately, it's not completely contiguous....little patches here and there, spread out over about 2 acres). The questions: -can I rotate the chickens thru the squishy parts, as long as they have a dry chicken tractor to which they can retire in the evenings? Or should I not count it in my planning? Use it in the summer, but not in the winter, when wet can mean frostbite? -will it hurt them if they stand around in the squish (I'm imagining some kind of foot rot...)? -should I think about laying out paddocks that have some squish and some dry, presuming that the birds will be smart enough not to hang around too long in the squishy part, but still get some use from it? -will they even bother to go into the squishy stuff? Will they find stuff to eat there? -I imagine at some stocking level the soggy pasture would be degraded...but I'm assuming if I can keep them there a fairly short amount of time, so that they get some good out of it without degrading it beyond suitable recovery time...reasonable? Any other management concerns I should be thinking about in this context? Thank you VERY much for your thoughts!