Topping up the soil level in the chicken run

Constant poop picking the chicken run causes the soil level to drop. This is most noticeable in front of the chicken’s patio area. The drop has become huge over the years.

Years ago we put some wooden blocks there to provide a step down but I try to keep the drop from the patio beside the wooden block from becoming too big.

Whenever I dig over the run I then use a spade to heap soil from further out in the run to the the front of the patio area. I also buy bags of compost every now and then to add but it never makes much of a difference.

Recently we were on the look out for the best value compost for the raised beds at the allotment as they didn’t produce so well this year. We found an offer at our local Homebase of five large bags for fifteen pounds. They are five ninety nine for one bag so that is really good value.

We bought some for the allotment then decided to buy another five to top up the chicken run. This is the biggest improvement in the level so far.

The soil level in front of the chicken’s patio as it was
The soil level now that it has been raised
Scratching fun for the girls

The level will settle a bit as the compost is very light and dry but it’s the best improvement for many years. The girls will also spread it a bit too and will enjoy scratching in it.

I am pleased with the improvement and I am sure the girls are too.

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6 Responses to Topping up the soil level in the chicken run

  1. Sophie says:

    That looks like a lot of fun for them! xx

  2. marion says:

    Lucky girls, Looks as though they are having a great time.

    • Carol says:

      They love a bit of fresh soil to scratch in. When I was planting the new fruit plot I had to take some of the soil out. I put it in a washing up bowl and took it the girls, again tipping it in front of the patio area. The girls would get excited every time they saw the washing up bowl coming towards the run.

  3. David says:

    Your army of helpers will work tirelessly to spread it all. 🙂

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