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Technical Help Needed Urgently re: Low Lying Land Please

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by thailand, Mar 7, 2014.

  1. After building my PVC hoop coop last year all seemed good. Then the rainy season came and I realised I'd made a mistake...big time!

    The front 1/3rd of the coop kept flooding, and I eventually had to move the chickens to a smaller coop out of the rain.

    I now want to try to fix the bigger coop . This is where I would appreciate some technical help please. Money is very tight, virtually zero. I do have access to discarded gravel which we removed recently from inside the filter of our large water bore. It is orange with excess minerals and muck. I'm thinking if I washed this somewhat, put it down on top of the soil floor in the coop, then put down sand, then leaves, then wood shavings, would this be ok? Is that the right order of layering?

    Thinking I'll also have to raise up the immediate surrounding area around the coop. Maybe say 1/2 metre around the outside of the coop? Does that sound right?

    Sure would appreciate wisdom on this please. :) I'm wanting to get this project started asap as the smaller coop is now very very dusty and I'm becoming concerned about preventing respiratory problems.


  2. Triple Willow

    Triple Willow Songster

    Mar 1, 2013
    It might help to dig a trench around the coop to divert the water away from it. I am having the same problem and that's what I'm going to do.
  3. healtyfeathers

    healtyfeathers In the Brooder

    Apr 18, 2014
    I'm in Thailand too (Nan) and flooding is a problem here. My husband built our coop and it's more like a rabbit hutch than a coop! It works great, keeps the birds off the ground and gives them great ventalation (all sides are open, don't know if you can picture it or not??) Guess that doesn't help much for now though. . . . I think that adding the gravel might be a temporary fix, but all that water will still be under the birds. I'm not sure how your coop looks, but could you build a platform to put it on???

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