Commercial Poultry Flooring

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by eilis83, Sep 13, 2016.

  1. eilis83

    eilis83 Out Of The Brooder

    Hi there,

    We have 6 female ducks (2 Cayuga, 2 Welsh Harlequin, and 2 Khaki Campbell's) arriving in a few weeks and I am stumped on flooring. So far, the most appealing avenue is the raised floor commercial poultry flooring that you can buy in 24x48 sheets with a "tray" of shavings underneath to catch their poop. I thought it'd provide better ventilation and keep the house somewhat cleaner. Our winters here are mild-the occasional 20 degree night or two and days usually averaging in the 40's. Has anyone tried the poultry flooring before or heard of someone that has?
     
  2. eilis83

    eilis83 Out Of The Brooder

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  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    poultry flooring that allows droppings through - like hardware cloth?
    Raised wire flooring is hard on a ducks feet.
     
  4. eilis83

    eilis83 Out Of The Brooder

    I thought it looked like a cleaner friendlier alternative than the usual. But I do not know how easy it would be to muck out...
     
  5. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm imaging you having to pull them out and power washing or scrubbing to get all the poo off. Duck poo is runnier and I bet most of it wouldn't fall nicely through the holes. I stick with just pine shavings in the coop. I'll scoop out some of the soiled bit periodically and when it gets messy I rake it out into the run where I have deep litter. Works well so far. But if you get this poultry flooring be sure to let us know how it works. I'd be interested to know.
     
  6. eilis83

    eilis83 Out Of The Brooder

    Iomine,
    I was worried about the same thing. Wondering if I'd just be making extra work for myself... If I do try it I will definitely post pics back here to let everyone know.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Not tried poultry flooring. We do really well with either vinyl sheet flooring (that goes up the walls several inches and is fastened with furring strips to keep poop out from underneath) or Manning flooring (long story).

    I use pine shavings on top. The ventilation is handled with openings up high that predators cannot reach or reach through.
     

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