Too much rain in Northern California

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by cherylcohen, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    After the deluge we got this week, I'm trying to rethink how to cover the run? We use straw in teh run and now it's all soggy and smelly. I'm thinkng of getting some sod and putting that in half the coop, but wondering if there are any cool ideas about covering it so it reamins dry. Are there any ideas out there?
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Have you had a look at my muddy run page (link in .sig below), there are a lot of things you can do in addition to covering the run. Although of course that *too* if you wish [​IMG]

    Good luck,

    Pat
     
  3. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    yes I did a couple of days ago! thanks but still needing different ideas
     
  4. rottdog

    rottdog Out Of The Brooder

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    you could dig up dirt from another part of your yard to raise the floor of your pen so it is higher than the surrounding area so the water has to drain out, or you can add more sand
     
  5. mediazeal

    mediazeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    put a layer of gravel, then a thick layer of dirt
    You can put a 'french drain' through the run too on the lower parts running out of the run
    I have a pvc pipe buried in my yard in a trench filled with gravel, pvc is drilled with holes on the top to let water in. It runs on a slight incline to the egde of the yard
    but if you raise the whole run with gravel and dirt, it can just let out through a SCREENED area to lower ground

    my 2 cents
     
  6. PatS

    PatS Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We bought three yards of sand to cover our 13X15' run. It is damp after the almost three inches we got, but no mud.
     
  7. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

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    I no longer live in northern Ca, But I grew up there and understand the issues the hardpan creates.
    I have to say if I were raising chickens there I would put in a french drain with a layer of gravel over it and then a thick layer of sand to cover it up and raise the level of the run.
     
  8. naturegrrl

    naturegrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Santa Cruz, CA, and even though we have a covered run, all that sideways rain definitely got in! We had just recently put about 2-3 in of coarse playground sand over the top of the dirt (clay) floor, and it worked great as a rain-proof floor covering - it got damp (still is a bit, but mostly dried out), but it never got soggy and no puddles formed. I'm planning to put down another few inches of sand once the run dries out completely.
     
  9. cherylcohen

    cherylcohen The Omelet Ranch

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    so what happens when the chickens are scratching. Mine love the dirt because they can find little bugs, treats etc. Will they eat the sand?
     
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Yes, but it doesn't hurt them at all. Coarse sand will also act like fine, short-lived grit.

    Pat
     

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