It has been suggested that the best place to put a chicken run is on a slight slope so that the rainwater runs out and doesn’t just puddle on the ground.
But it has been my experience that it is NOT the best idea to put your chicken run toward the bottom of a slope. (Although, I’m sure it seemed like the right idea at the time.)
And since the chickens completely obliterated any sign of plant growth within their run, they now have the joy of strutting through red mud after a good shower. Of course, we do free range them for the most part, but until we open their run mid-morning, they are stuck in the muck.
I’ve tried to put bedding down for them to walk on in there, but the rain just washes it into a corner.
See? It’s awful. Nothing but mud.
I’ve been working on a remedy over the past two days, which I hope will solve the washed out run dilemma. I dug a ditch along the upper fence-line, and filled it with rocks I hunted around our property. The idea is that this run-off ditch will catch the water and absorb it before it sweeps into the chickens’ area.
Working on finding more rocks to fill her up. Let’s hope it works. I spread a whole bale of hay in there this afternoon. The girls were glad to have dry ground again!
When Spring comes I’ll put the covered raised beds back in their enclosure, and grow more grass or something for them to peck at as it grows through the wire on the beds.
Have you had any trouble with your animal lots getting muddy? How do you keep your feathered (or furry) friends on dry ground?