Urgent: draining water away from the run??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nutcase, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Somebody help me please! It's rainy season here and I'm afraid that my coop will become a swimming pool like last year. The coop and run are at the back and bottom of the yard where all the water accumulates after a storm. What can I do to make the water flow away from the coop? And if I don't have PVC pipes to use for gutters, what can I use as a substitute? Urgent reply needed.
     
  2. Nutcase

    Nutcase Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did look at that but would like to know what others think too.
     
  3. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    We had a similar problem when we got a water turn on our farm (water from a canal once a month with which we flooded our pastures) and our pen got flooded. DH dug a trench and diverted the water past the pen which helped a whole lot. Keeping the water out of your run would be the best solution here, I think. For mud management you can try rubber chips. I read an article about it in a magazine and apparently it works quite well. There's some more info on it here:

    Mud management for chicken runs and duck areas. Rubber chippings.
     
  4. ll

    ll Chillin' With My Peeps

    I collect bags of autumn leaves and mix in DE and Stall Dry / Dry-Stall with a hoe.

    Edit: Rubber chips?! [​IMG] I wouldn't want my babies pecking at that.
     
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2013
  5. jester8484

    jester8484 Out Of The Brooder

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    higher ground is the sure solution. if you can get a load of dirt, sand, gravel or whatever you would prefer for the floor. if it's higher then the surounding area you won't have a pond.

    if you feel like diging the install some 4" black corregated pipe and run it away from the coop until it hits a lower level.
     

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