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When your chicken coop and run turn into a mud bog from heavy rains or melting snow, they can get rather stinky and difficult for you to walk in. Besides being a mess for you as the chicken owner, your chickens suffer as well when they have to wallow in a muddy run and coop. Here are three important things you need to do when you clean up from a flooded chicken run.
Get the Chickens Up and Out of the Mud
It is important to keep your chickens dry and out of the mud since it can cause them to get bumblefoot. Bumblefoot occurs when a cut in a chicken's foot becomes infected. When your chickens are constantly walking around in mud, they have a high chance of picking up a parasite or bacteria through an open wound on their foot. If bumblefoot is not prevented or treated, it can spread to other areas of your chicken, eventually sickening and killing them.
Chickens tend to dig holes in the dirt of their run. After snow melts or a heavy rainstorm, this can result in pooling water, and then mud. Spread down a mixture of gravel and sand, wooden chips, or a layer of gravel topped with some cement paving stones. This will raise the level of your chicken run floor, and get your chickens out of the mud.
Create Proper Drainage for Any Future Flooding
Your chicken run or coop will usually become flooded if it is set on a lower spot of ground. All the water runoff will collect in your chicken coop, so it is important to create a drainage system.
Dig some drainage ditches, about four inches deep and five inches wide, around the perimeter of the chicken coop. Place the ditches a couple of inches outside of the chicken wire so no predators can use the ditch to get in to your chickens. Then, dig a ditch through the center of your coop, connecting to the perimeter ditch. This will allow the water to drain out of your coop and chicken run.
Remove Wet or Muddy Nesting Materials
When your coop has flooded from rain or melting snow, the nesting boxes can become soaked and muddy. As soon as you have gotten your chickens safely out of the mud, it is important to remove any soaked nesting material.
It would take the nesting filler a long time to dry out on its own, causing mold and mildew to grow, which can cause illness in your chickens. Your chickens may also be stressed and adverse to nesting and laying in wet, muddy boxes. It is best to remove all the old nesting materials and replace it with new, dry materials.
These three steps will make sure your flooded chicken run and coop will be taken care of. If floods wreck more than your chicken run and coop, you'll want to contact RTC Restoration.Share