Hi Friends, As can be expected the chicken yard is worn down to dirt/mud when it rains. Here in the NE, we've had a persistent pattern of rain with very few sunny days to dry anything out. I've been tossing fresh straw in the run every few days to try to cover the mud; but you know chickens they scratch it all around anyway. Ridiculously, I even go out in the evening with "my big chicken foot" (a rake) and move the straw back around. Call me crazy, it's okay. By now, the straw is part of the muck. We need a long stretch of sunny, dry weather (ha!) and some water management work which will come soon. We are also extending the electric fencing out to give them some green pasture soon. At this point I need to get all the old straw out of there and do something different. It's gotta be a health hazard for them, and it's no fun to fall down in for me! Until then, and after actually, what tips do you guys have for managing a muddy, mucky run? * Different cover material? (straw, wood chips, shavings, pine needles, etc.?) * Install sand or gravel somehow? * Pavement? (Just kidding). Pictures of your yards appreciated if you have them! TIA!