Wet Run Floor, HELP!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by betsy329, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. betsy329

    betsy329 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    Hi guys, I am new to this whole chicken thing and I am sure this has been covered but I need help. I have a run that is 8' x 12' that had grass in it but it was holding water so we filled with mud. Now the problem is when it rains it is nothing but a big muddy mess and is still holding water in spots. My question is: What is the best material to put on the floor for drainage and to keep it drier for my babies? I was thinking sand and rocks mixed, well more like pebbles. Any help I can get on this would be great!!!

  2. Heiko27

    Heiko27 Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    I know a lot of people just put straw down and rake it up often. It still gets kind of muddy but as long there are higher areas- you could just use extra straw for them to have a choice to get out of it, they should be fine. Or you could dig the dirt out a few inches and fill it with sand. A lot of people like sand. Then some people put straw on that layer too. But I'm no expert. [​IMG]
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Crowing

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    If you have standing ground water you might think about moving coop. Other than that you'll have to build it up with sand/gravel so the ground is higher than ground water. It wont get soggy as long as the silt content is low in the sand/gravel.

    If it's only standing water in the run area and outside of it is fairly dry then dig out the dirt in run (say 4 to 6 inches) then replace with sand. Sand from gravel pits is "dirt" cheap ($10-$15 per yard); it's the trucking that costs so much. Hope you own a pickup truck or know someone who does.

    Edit again to add (as I'm bored drinking coffee this morning):

    1.5 cubic yards will fill a 8X12 run 5 inches deep. I'd go with sand as it weighs less than gravel and most pickups are 3/4 ton. Sand only would still take three full weight capacity loads.
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2011
  4. M.sue

    M.sue Songster

    May 29, 2011
    I agree with egg_head jr. When reading your post my first thought was move it or build the ground up! I don't think I'd want to have to be moving & raking straw all the time. While it temporarily solves the problem you eventually end up with a soaked mess sooner or later.
  5. Little_Rooster66

    Little_Rooster66 In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    Northwest Kansas
    We had this same question when building ours and we went with construction sand. It is a combination of sand and gravel up to 1/2 in. Has been very good not muddy at all and has good drainage, helps with smell and provides them with grit. It's cheap here it's about $30 ton . Cleanup is easy just like a big cat box we just scoop out the clumps and add more sand as needed to keep it about 4 in deep. In our opinion it is the way to go [​IMG]

  6. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    +1 for the construction sand! I would not use straw at all, because it tends to lump and clump together when wet and muddy
    and gets pretty heavy, making clean-out a chore. The sand can just be raked when needed, and will dry out pretty quickly.

  7. ChooksinChoppers

    ChooksinChoppers Songster

    Mar 24, 2011
    Ocala, Florida.
    Quote:straw = smelly as well
  8. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Quote:straw = smelly as well

    The straw will also get moldy and may cause additional problems.

    We have 1/2 sand/dirt and the other 1/2 is grass in our run.
  9. betsy329

    betsy329 In the Brooder

    Apr 10, 2011
    Thanks for all your help. I think I am gonna try sand and gravel mixed. It has rained alot lately and it isnt really standing water but more water that has built up in the holes my girls have made from their baths...lol, so i am hoping the sand will help it drain off more. They dont seem to ming the mud butI cant stand it!

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