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What do you use to cover your run in the winter to prevent mud mess?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by new chick chick, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. new chick chick

    new chick chick Out Of The Brooder

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    It has been raining like crazy in Kentucky and my coop run has become a muddy mess. What materials do you use to prevent this? Straw? Mulch?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I've never had much luck with either but the mulch worked better. If its pouring then I just tarp the pens.
     
  3. peepacheep

    peepacheep Chillin' With My Peeps

    I use a couple of inches of sand in the run, rain drains through it. When changed out for fresh sand it makes a wonderful addition to the garden soil. Roll plastic did not work too well for the amount of rain we get. It pooled on top with way too much weight, after poking holes in the plastic I had to dig trenches in the run to drain the steady cascade of drips. It looked like the chickens were jumping hurdles when they came running for treats. My run's roof has evolved into a whatcha-got affair. Metal roofing and clear rigid plastic roofing over hardware cloth, tar papered plywood covered with metal roofing. To complete the look, the metal roofing is a multitude of colors, the chickens have yet to complain. [​IMG] Their feet and eggs are much, much cleaner for keeping the run drier.
     
  4. flowerchicks

    flowerchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My run is about 50'x50' and is covered with fallen oak leaves right now. Actually, my whole yard is. I leave most of them until spring, because we get A LOT of rain, and it helps to keep the dogs from getting muddy, as well. Also, the earthworms hide under them and makes for happy chickens.
     
  5. new chick chick

    new chick chick Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I may try that. We have a ton of maple leaves that I could throw in there. How many inches deep are your leaves?

    I also like the sand idea....but that seems like a lot of back breaking work for me, since I'm the only one doing all the chicken work!
     
  6. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

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    I'm fed up with the mud in my coop, too. The chickens get all dirty and this makes me crazy! [​IMG] Plus, when it dries a little into muck it smells bad and is just all around unpleasant.

    I've heard of putting down gravel and then sand on top, which is probably what I'll be doing once I get my December paycheck, depending on how much it'll be. Crusher dust supposedly is good, too, or decomposed granite. I've generally heard that you have to put down at least a few inches for it to be effective, so I'm going to go with 4-6" deep I think. I'm hoping that'll be enough to do the trick.

    I want my coop to be one where I can go out even in the cold and rain and not feel like it's unpleasant to be out there. Currently, it just gets icky and drives me crazy. I've had enough!

    The leaf suggestion is a good one and it works, but it doesn't work for as long as I'd like.
     
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