When we were tilling the garden a few months ago we expanded it and I thought it would be a good idea to take all the grass and dirt bits and dump them in the coop. For awhile the chickens were in heaven eating the grass and bugs and digging through the dirt clods. Well we have had some rain the last couple weeks and the run got down right swampy. The grass that was in the mix held water and the smell. You could smell it from 30 or more yards away. Well living in a neighborhood that just isn't going to fly so when I got home at lunch today I decided since I didn't have much on my schedule I was going to take the afternoon off and deal with it. So I backed the truck up, put a tarp in the back and started shoveling out all of the stinky dirt. I made about 5 trips with about 2-3 wheel barrows full of of stuff each time and took the stuff down to a friends farm for possible use next year in the garden. Even with the fairly small loads it was so wet and heavy it was all I could manage to pull the tarp out of back of the truck. So now the question is what to do. I know I need to beef up the roof over my run the tarps just haven't been working for a long soaking rain. The run area is now slightly below grade so it need some material added. It is mostly clay which is part of the problem. I am debating what to put in to solve this problem in the long term. I can't have a stinky run. When it is dry it hasn't been a problem but water is the enemy. I may also put some better drainage around the coop and run so water doesn't stay there after a long rain. Anyway I am tired and rambling any thoughts on what to use in the run?