Chickens can quickly transform a lush, grassy area into a muddy, foul-smelling mess. As a matter of fact, the technical term for this problem is referred to as fouling the ground. Once the ground is fouled, it's no longer healthy for your birds to stay there, and you will need to relocate the run.
If relocating the run is out of the question, a deep litter system can be used instead. Gravel and/or bark chips can be used for the litter. However, to keep the area fresh, these materials will need to be dug out and replaced about once a year. [Read more...]