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can I just raise my ducks on a dirt floor?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by fowlsessed, Apr 29, 2012.

  1. fowlsessed

    fowlsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is, inside their coop. thanks
     
  2. Mum

    Mum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Probably best not to because they mess and you'll have a hard job cleaning that and keeping it disease free. Straw/shavings/bedding can be raked out.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    By the way, if there is not a deep foundation around it, a predator could dig under and into the coop with a dirt floor.
     
  4. jessiduck

    jessiduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put some hay down to bring warmth and make clean up a heck of a lot easier!
    If I were you, I would not leave them with a dirt floor. Like Amiga said, a predator could easily dig under that and right into your coop!
    It only takes one raccoon to wipe out your entire flock!
     
  5. billw

    billw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ours have a dirt floor. We dug a trench around the edges and put down hardware cloth to deter burrowers. We cover the dirt with hay and change out the hay every few weeks.
     
  6. fowlsessed

    fowlsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, I planed on putting wire around to deter digging predators. But instead of digging a trench and burying it, I was just going to lay it horizontal on the grounds surface, and attach it to the shelter that way.
     
  7. alscatS

    alscatS Out Of The Brooder

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    i am thinking of a new place for the ducks and a dirt floor, but NOT plain dirt, bedding ect. will be placed down, just not a wood floor. Constructed more like a mini barn, as I have seen a lot of people mention their ducks are in their barn at night in empty stall....
     

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