|Hens eating dinner of corn and oats|
With no water at all, exbf had to carry a gallon of water from the house to chicken waterer. Now, the water is six feet from the waterer. Plus, I can now water any "garden" without filling a watering can or bucket. Before, I had to carry water out of the house or go into the basement to hook up the hose and wrangle the hose up the steps and across the yard.
I need ideas for an area around the faucet, especially where the water will hit the ground and be muddy. I am looking for a relatively splash-free solution. I do not want standing water or mud.If I put in small stones, I know the chickens will scratch them out. I am looking to do this cheaply with a strong feeling for aesthetics.
|bricks and cap blocks|
The step at the right is the bottom step. Then, the bricks and cap blocks extend about six feet. It is not long enough but it keeps me out of a stream when it is wet or raining.
horizontal is granite slab about three feet long
The other two flat rocks I put there, intending to put more.
concrete was here when we moved here
There are several of these rough paths around the back yard. This one went to the tree that is no longer there. I will not remove this, of course.
rock in front yard
This flat rock is in the front yard and can be removed along with others.
My monster rock is about 18 inches on the long side and is a good 5 or 6 inches thick.
My aesthetics are quirky. I made myself a walk to the side door I use by using cap blocks I had, antique bricks, pavers someone gave me and some slabs of granite. I have gotten compliments on the walk. Some people just look at it and continue. They probably feel sorry for me. Others suggest I buy matching material. This was free and suits me just fine.
There are a dozen or so bricks around here, some in the chickens' pen or around the outside of the pen. That is one idea.
I have ideas involving all of the material I have around here. I just don't want anyone to have to walk in mud, do not want the area to attract digging hens. One thing I am thinking about doing is the leave a crack between huge stones where the water will run or drip.
And, I am going to spray the silver part of the pipe. I have all sorts of spray paint colors, so that is a "free" or "no money outlay now" part of the project. Oh, I am going to lay a weed block down, something water will go through but will blocks weeds.
Very important part--there must be nothing that will trip exbf or me. Any brick will have to be low sort of dug in or stomped into the ground so neither of us will step on it and cause it to flip or an ankle to turn.
My best idea is a group of bricks where the water falls with the larger, more stable rocks around it. The bricks will probably be lower, but that is no problem since no one will be walking there.
Two Men and a Little Farm has a water and rocks post today. Read it if you wish, but please come back and help me.
Do you have any other ideas that are either cheap or free? Keep quirky and aesthetics in mind.