Winterizing chicken run

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  1. boyce1690

    boyce1690 New Egg

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    Hello! I'm looking for advice/suggestions on what to use in my outdoor run during the rainy/cold months. It is a mud pit right now & makes feeding & getting eggs a nightmare! In the summer I lay bark, but that doesn't seem to help when it's raining all day every day. Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Gray Farms

    Gray Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure the pen is slightly sloped so the water will drain to start with. Then a deep layer of mulch or pea gravel will help.
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Glad you could join us here! Muddy runs sure are a nightmare :( Please do check out this section of the learning Center ~ https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/housing-and-feeding-your-chickens
    There are some very good articles on winter chicken keeping and how to fix a muddy run in there.

    Wishing you the very best of luck for the future and enjoy BYC :frow
     
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  4. boyce1690

    boyce1690 New Egg

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    Thank you both! I am determined to get this fixed ASAP!
     
  5. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas, Boyce1690, and [​IMG]! Great to have you aboard! Great advice on that link above so I'll just say best wishes and enjoy your flock!
     
  6. Athaid

    Athaid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC :)
     
  7. boyce1690

    boyce1690 New Egg

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    Thank you both!
     
  8. Blooie

    Blooie Team Spina Bifida Premium Member

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    Without seeing your setup it's hard to help too much, but is there any way you could cover at least part of the run?

    Oops, edited to add: Welcome to BYC!!
     
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  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    A solid run covering that extends a bit beyond the footprint of the run can help protect from rain & snow. In winter some flocks stack hay bales around the perimeter as wind breaks, or use heavy tarps attached to the wire.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    PS in the coop if you use 2 x 4's for roosts, have the 4" inch side UP and you can tack towels to it. Chickens like to spread their feet out flat and rest their heads on top to keep their feet warmer. You will also need to change water often /breaking the ice or use a heated waterer.
     

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