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  1. ravismomma

    ravismomma Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a small covered run, dirt floor. I live in Washington so it's wet. Not muddy, just damp.
    I wrapped in plastic to try to keep dry and warm, the ground gets slightly wet when it rains bad, no standing water but damp.
    I'm starting to notice white mold growing on the wet dirt.
    I've been rakeing it out everyday but I'm wondering how to prevent....
    My thought is to add sand.
    Do you think that the mold will continue to grow under the sand?
    Any advice or thoughts appreciated!
     
  2. PingoBags

    PingoBags Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not an expert so someone else will need to chime in but I think it's ok.
    To me it sounds like the type of white fungus you get feeding on high nitrates in the soil.
    Chicken poop ammonia to nitrite then to nitrates.
    The nitrogen cycle will happen in the run and yours has the perfect conditions, poop/soil/moisture and warmth.

    I wouldn't worry about it if it is because of that. See what others reply first.
    Hydrogen peroxide mixed with water. 10 parts water, 1 peroxide should kill it.
    Has always worked for me.
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2016
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Leave the top 6-8" or so open so moist air can exit the area.
    Sand will not help at all.
    Make sure there is no water from runoff seeping in under the run walls
     
  4. Tlmcq

    Tlmcq Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I have the same problem in totally open run, chicken wire top, but is shared with ducks so impossible to keep area around their baby pool dry on hot rainy days, especially. Am moving pool every couple days to let ground recover. Will this peroxide solution hurt my birds? Any other ideas?
     

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