I have three ducks (2 runners, 1 rouen) and 11 chickens. The chickens and ducks are still a little young to free range, so right now they live in their coop and run. All of the food and water is in the run. The problem I'm having is the HUGE mess the three ducks make. I've tried hanging waterers, waterers sitting right on the floor, waterers that fit inside another watering pan so the water the ducks spill goes into the excess pan, and finally, a giant rubber pan that the waterer and extra pan sit in (so now I have two spill trays). Nothing works...each morning I go in and the ducks have dumped out the water, splashed it all around, etc. The area is always soaked. Unfortunately I can't keep having chickens in a wet area.
For those of you who have kept ducks and chickens together, have you found anything that works? I feel like I've tried (and bought) so many different things and nothing's working. I really want to be able to keep my ducks, but I worry if I don't solve the water problem for the chickens that the ducks will need to go. :-(