The muddy mess in my run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BG Papa Rooster, Feb 28, 2016.

  1. BG Papa Rooster

    BG Papa Rooster New Egg

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    Greetings from upstate New York I'm having a dilemma with my girls run they've picked all the grass clean in it which left it all dirt so now when it rains there in a big muddy mess I feel bad for them having to walk around in that mess what can I do
     
  2. Howard E

    Howard E Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a photo?

    Best guess is to find a way to put down a deep* layer of litter for them to walk on if they are to be confined in this run. It too will become a mess, unless you can limit the amount of rain and snow that falls on it.

    * Deep being 3 to 4 inches to start, with plans to keep increasing it to as much as a foot or so. Good news is you will be building one heck of a nice compost pile as you go.
     
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  3. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is your run covered? If not, that would really make a difference. Our run is covered and we use the Deep Litter Method out there, mud is never a problem.[​IMG]
     
  4. BG Papa Rooster

    BG Papa Rooster New Egg

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    Thank you for the advice of the deep litter method but what should I use for the litter I had thought of filling it with gravel is that a good idea
     
  5. ChickenMammX4

    ChickenMammX4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use grass clippings, leaves, hay, straw, old pine shavings, pine needles and other gardening debris. The chickens love digging through the litter for bugs and seeds. It breaks down into great fertilizer for the garden.
     
  6. RonP

    RonP Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you have access, pile your run high, 6" or so, with wood chips.

    Simple but effective.

    Do a quick search here on "deep litter".

    Lots of good info.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Gravel not a good idea.

    Here's description of deep litter in a coop but works (better IMO) in a run too.
    Here's a great description of contents and how to manage organic 'bedding' in a run or coop...and there's a great video of what it looks like.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1037998/muddy-run-help-please#post_16017992
     
  8. BG Papa Rooster

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    Thank you for the advice and link I appreciate it
     

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