4th Nov 2010
I have recieved the mesh and rubber...the weather was so bad I had to move the chickens.But that meant I could put the mesh and rubber in place and the chickens love scratching around in it and it provides good drainage.
Kindest Regards and thankyou so much for your help
If you keep chickens or ducks you will come across the problem of mud sooner or later. We believe we have found the perfect solution and the before and after photos (the trees show it is the same pen) tell the story. The solution is so simple that it is simply wonderful.
All you have to do is cut weed control mesh to the right size of the pen and cover with rubber chippings to a depth of about 4cms. Done!
The pictures below show the same pen before, after and after a year. The pen after a year maybe needs a top up, but is mud free!
Once down it will last for years as the rubber is virtually indestructible and the mesh will prevent it from being lost in the mud underneath. The rubber does not absorb water and so does not freeze.
When they first arrive the rubber chippings will smell slightly of rubber tyres, but that smell will go within the first day. Think of new car tyres that smell new when they are first put on, but lose the new rubber smell almost immediately.
If the rubber gets mucky you simply hose it off, or let nature’s heavy rain to the work! If you add a disenfectant, such as Barrier or Jeyes, to the hose water it will keep the pen clean and fresh. See the Help and Advice section for more details on after care.
The rubber chippings are down all year and warm up in the warm days. The hens seem to like the warmth, especially as they do not heat up too much on really hot days.
The rubber chippings are £13.80 per square metre. They are black and will be in sealed bags of approximately 10kg. There are 2 bags per square metre to give an average depth of 4cm of rubber chippings. If you need the mesh to go underneath it is £1.30 per pen square metre, but you will be given enough to allow for an overlap if more than one strip is needed.
We supply the mesh and chippings in the exact quantity you need. All you do is put the measurements of the area to cover (in metric) into the calculator on the Shop page and the system will work out what you need as well as the total cost.
There is no log on or password to get into the shop. Payment is by Paypal and Paypal has your address details so there is no need to make you type it all in again for us! We get an email from Paypal and we will contact you to confirm receipt of the order and confirm the delivery date.
Click on the Shop tab at the top and see how easy it is to order!
Just to thank you again for delivering the chippings so promptly, and to say how pleased I am with the difference they've made to the run. It's gone from a rather nasty sticky, messy surface, to a lovely comfy warm, soft, well-drained and easily washable one, which will last for ever I should think, and relieve me from the backbreaking chore of removing nasty wet soiled litter in heavy buckets, not good for an asthmatic!
The 10kg. bags were a good size and shape for carrying and emptying, so the job was quite quick and easy. I'm finding that the hens' feet keep perfectly clean now I have the chippings, so the eggs don't get muddy in the boxes. Also, the drinking water stays cleaner as the chippings don't blow into it as lighter bedding tends to do. I've just invented a 'climbing frame' for the hens, consisting of a platform made from an old shed door supported about 4ft off the ground on some old scaffolding posts, with an old ladder liberated from a local builder's rubbish heap for them to climb up, before paragliding down - very exciting exercise, and a soft landing for them on the rubber.
Best wishes, Virginia Lee