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. It was a lot of fun working on it, and I think the chicks are happy. So, mission accomplished. Now to get the run built . . .
Awesome! good luck with the run, cant wait to see the finished thing! we're building our coop now but haven't done anything to it in like a month. Hopefully this week. Just have the nest boxes, trim, and siding. And of course the run.
How much time do your girls get to spend free-ranging? My birds went stir-crazy in a 4x6 pen and I only had 2 bantams! Love your coop colors!
How bigs you coop going to be. Not include the run
Greetings @Bluesky68 and welcome to BYC! Glad to hear you love your ducks! I don't have any waterfowl... water's pretty expensive where I'm at on the front range in CO. Lots of good stuff here on the site. make yourself at home!
4x8 but it's built on a 6x8 base so we can add nest boxes and a little storage area but yeah
Is there any suggestions for run care? Mine is on dirt/soil and it builds up fast . Every week or so I have to try to crawl half way into the little doorway and rake and remove. I use Sweet PDZ in the coop floor is there something other than dirt I should have in the run?
Some people use sand and it seems to work pretty well. I'm personally going to be going with a sort of deep litter thing in the new run. Originally I was told about 6 inches deep, 3 inches of wood chips (chips not shavings because the varying particle sizes of chips breaks down faster, shavings don't really break down) and then 3 inches of leaves, grass clippings, garden scraps, etc, anything like that really on top. But after reading some more and other more recent comments it seems like deeper is better so I might try 12-18 inches deep so 6 to 8 inches each, some say even deeper than that. I'm not really sure what I'm gonna do. But yeah, the basic principle is wood chips and leaves/yard stuff. And it breaks down and composts right inside the run and you just add more dry material when it starts to smell. No PDZ or DE or anything, it just handles it on it's own. And one of the best parts if not the best is it creates sort of like an environment within the run and provides them with all sorts of tasty bugs and things to do. And you don't have to do anything to it. A lot of people use it in the coops too but I think they have dirt floors. I am planning to just pile deep bedding of shavings in it though. But yeah.