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We have such healthy soil without pesticides that our worm population takes care of our poop as long as it is liquified enough for them to eat it. If there is too much poop and not enough dirt and worms you may not have healthy soil. You can always add worms to do the work. Once the liquified poop has soaked into the ground, and duck poop is already pretty much liquid already, there is no mess and the clean topsoil dries quickly. If the soil gets too saturated with poop it takes more water to wash it into the soil. We get alot of rain so the process happens naturally all winter, I just help it along during dry weather.

It could take time to get your soil loaded with worms but the moist dirt should attract them. If the dirt is too dry they may not be as active because they need to stay moist so they will seek out moisture. We have so many worms now that I can see their dirt plugs where they have been actively feeding. We also have 3 Worm Factory bins to feed worms our coffee grounds and food scraps (that don't go to the chickens) since my husband drinks a pot of coffee a day to medicate his ADHD.
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The dirt that that is in their coop isn't very rich at all I mixed in some sand so it's Alwayd dry but I'll try watering it in the mornings to get the poop to drain.
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I use chopped straw over soil in the day pen, and the pen itself has a 2% slope so rain drains off nicely.  The manure combines with the straw and I get a lovely, earthy compost.


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@aminga-  Hi there, I do the same thing with straw in the day pen.  I have river rock over very dry soil under the deck.  Once a week I will rake out the poopy wet straw in front of their water/food area.  The rest stays pretty dry and poop can be scooped like in wood shavings.  I put this compost out on farm field behind us right now (it is too much straw for my beds in growing season).  When I clean the coop, I pick out poopy wood shavings, save a barrel of them, then spread those on beds like woodchips.  

If I see a couple of flies in the a.m. when I let them out, I know it is time to clean.  Not bad so far, not smelly either.

 

Amiga- question unrelated to bedding... will a broody runner stop laying?  and if I have been successful in getting her "unbroody", can she start laying again?  I got nothing for a week, then a soft shell, then a large egg, and today an itty bitty egg.  Hormonal?

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Living in wonderful WI and now enjoying fresh duck eggs daily. : )

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post #15 of 16
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We have such healthy soil without pesticides that our worm population takes care of our poop as long as it is liquified enough for them to eat it. If there is too much poop and not enough dirt and worms you may not have healthy soil. You can always add worms to do the work. Once the liquified poop has soaked into the ground, and duck poop is already pretty much liquid already, there is no mess and the clean topsoil dries quickly. If the soil gets too saturated with poop it takes more water to wash it into the soil. We get alot of rain so the process happens naturally all winter, I just help it along during dry weather.

It could take time to get your soil loaded with worms but the moist dirt should attract them. If the dirt is too dry they may not be as active because they need to stay moist so they will seek out moisture. We have so many worms now that I can see their dirt plugs where they have been actively feeding. We also have 3 Worm Factory bins to feed worms our coffee grounds and food scraps (that don't go to the chickens) since my husband drinks a pot of coffee a day to medicate his ADHD.

A pot of coffee for ADHD...works for me too.  : )  thanks for worm development in soil info.

1 dear husband,3 great kids, and the pets... a Westie, a Kitty, and the new duckies! 2 WH,2 Choc Runner all hens.

Living in wonderful WI and now enjoying fresh duck eggs daily. : )

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1 dear husband,3 great kids, and the pets... a Westie, a Kitty, and the new duckies! 2 WH,2 Choc Runner all hens.

Living in wonderful WI and now enjoying fresh duck eggs daily. : )

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post #16 of 16
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@aminga-  Hi there, I do the same thing with straw in the day pen.  I have river rock over very dry soil under the deck.  Once a week I will rake out the poopy wet straw in front of their water/food area.  The rest stays pretty dry and poop can be scooped like in wood shavings.  I put this compost out on farm field behind us right now (it is too much straw for my beds in growing season).  When I clean the coop, I pick out poopy wood shavings, save a barrel of them, then spread those on beds like woodchips.  

If I see a couple of flies in the a.m. when I let them out, I know it is time to clean.  Not bad so far, not smelly either.

 

Amiga- question unrelated to bedding... will a broody runner stop laying?  and if I have been successful in getting her "unbroody", can she start laying again?  I got nothing for a week, then a soft shell, then a large egg, and today an itty bitty egg.  Hormonal?


When we do get a broody Runner sometimes, she'll stop laying, then after the broody business is over, it takes several weeks and sometimes a molt before she'll start to lay again, and we might see a soft shell, itty bitty eggs, etc., before her system smoothes out.  Make sure she's getting plenty of calcium (consider a 50 mg daily boost for a couple of weeks via calcium citrate) and a tablespoon or two of dry cat kibble or other safe protein treat to rebuild her system. 

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