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john of wessex



Joined: 18 Jun 2007
Posts: 2103

PostPosted: Sun Dec 20, 15 11:05 pm    Post subject: Soggy Chicken Run  Reply with quote    

My chicken run is (in winter) straw on earth.

To date it has been OK however in the recent weather the run simply wont dry out.

I scraped the straw out today, if I turn the soil over it isn't that wet. I cant dig into the ground due to tree roots, which rules out a French drain.

So, what can I do to try & keep the ladies dry underfoot?

OtleyLad



Joined: 13 Jan 2007
Posts: 2737
Location: Otley, West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 15 3:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Erect some kind of shelter with a tarpaulin roof? They are cheap from places like Machinemart, etc.
I did this and it worked well. Just make sure you can easily replace it when it starts to fray (I nailed mine in place with laths and it was a pain to replace it.
Oh and make sure it slopes enough so rain/snow can run off quickly and away from the run.

john of wessex



Joined: 18 Jun 2007
Posts: 2103

PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 15 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks fir that

I have just fixed one up, I have had to tie the run down though in case it blows away!

Merry Christmas

John

chickenlady



Joined: 18 Aug 2013
Posts: 395
Location: Dorset
PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 15 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How about putting a pallet or two in the run to keep their feet dry?

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