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Duck coop flooring in N. East Ohio

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I live in N. E. Ohio and I used sand on the ground for my ducks outdoor pen flooring.  I used sand last year.  It was fine until fall/winter.  It began to stink and it got very slippery in the winter.  Any suggestions?  I want to make the best choice before I switch things out?

Thanks...

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I am in southern Ohio and used sand for the last two years. My ducks share their pen with my chickens. I refresh my sand in the spring and fall. It has a 3 inch base of small pebbles and then 3 inches of sand topping. I found that thickness of sand and gravel kept the run from being an ice slick. 

 

I also remove their pond and use a heated water source that they can only place their head into during the winter. If it warms up, they get a pool outside the run or if it is cold for a long period they get a treat and get to use my bathtub :love 

 

 

My coop/run did not smell all winter - I actually had no smell until last week. I think limiting the amount of water in the run is key, along with having the correct size for the number of birds. My coop and run share a wall with the master bedroom of my house so I know when it is stinky out there! :P

My family:

Australian Shepherd - ArwenHousecat - CastielCalifornian Rabbit - Zander

 

Dark Brahma, Barred Rock, New Hampshire, Dark Brahma, Cream Brabanter, Black Sex Link, Isa Brown

White Call Ducks, D'anver, Easter Eggers, Buttercup, Muscovy, Cream Legbar and Olive Egger

 

RIP: Willow, Rory, Pippen, Merlin

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My family:

Australian Shepherd - ArwenHousecat - CastielCalifornian Rabbit - Zander

 

Dark Brahma, Barred Rock, New Hampshire, Dark Brahma, Cream Brabanter, Black Sex Link, Isa Brown

White Call Ducks, D'anver, Easter Eggers, Buttercup, Muscovy, Cream Legbar and Olive Egger

 

RIP: Willow, Rory, Pippen, Merlin

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Do you have a solid roof over top of them?  Right now I have fencing above them as well as on the sides.  I'm thinking of putting a solid roof on to help keep the rain away to help.  

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I don't have a solid roof. The first year I did, but I havn't noticed a difference. My run is just too large for a real roof - but it is covered in hardware cloth.

 

My run is also located in a low spot that floods all the time. Adding the gravel base really helped with this.

My family:

Australian Shepherd - ArwenHousecat - CastielCalifornian Rabbit - Zander

 

Dark Brahma, Barred Rock, New Hampshire, Dark Brahma, Cream Brabanter, Black Sex Link, Isa Brown

White Call Ducks, D'anver, Easter Eggers, Buttercup, Muscovy, Cream Legbar and Olive Egger

 

RIP: Willow, Rory, Pippen, Merlin

Reply

My family:

Australian Shepherd - ArwenHousecat - CastielCalifornian Rabbit - Zander

 

Dark Brahma, Barred Rock, New Hampshire, Dark Brahma, Cream Brabanter, Black Sex Link, Isa Brown

White Call Ducks, D'anver, Easter Eggers, Buttercup, Muscovy, Cream Legbar and Olive Egger

 

RIP: Willow, Rory, Pippen, Merlin

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