duck pen flooring

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckhead18, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. duckhead18

    duckhead18 New Egg

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    i got a waterfowl farm starting up with non domestic waterfowl breeds such as mallards,teal,gadwall,pintail,wegion, etc. as of right now i have 2 pens and the mallards are mudding up the whole pen, filling my ponds in wuth mud. any ideas on concreting the pens?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I would post over in the Ornamental Fowl forum and see if someone has some ideas there.
     
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  3. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i recommend separating the mallards as they are bigger than most ornamental breeds they could cause a problem if anything violent happens .

    Also many ornamental waterfowl are cleaner than mallard breeds i dont know what it is but they just dont make as big a mess probably because they are smaller.

    so a few separate pens for the mallards would probably be better
     
  4. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ducks should never be kept on concrete, so I would advise against that. You will end up with bumblefoot on everyone. It's just too hard and rough on their feet. If you absolutely must do that, you can put rubber stall mats over the top of the concrete to provide cushioning and give them a smoother surface to be on. Alot of people use bark or mulch in their duck pens, so maybe that might help? Some use gravel as well so it drains better, but that will also be tough on their feet.

    I just have grass pens myself, and it works for me because I have a small number of ducks in very large pens. I rotate the pen they are in so none of them get destroyed. This probably won't be possible in your situation, though.
     
  5. elly21

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    Our duck pen is under our deck. The biggest part of the pen is dirt and/or mud depending on the weather or how much water they have splashed out of their pool. But their house is set up on a concrete slab and there is a bit of concrete down there. Will this be a problem? They don't spend much time on the concrete. During the day they have been free ranging.
     
  6. Orca5094

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  7. elly21

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    I think since the end of May or so. Would it help if I put straw down on the concrete? Can you see the step up where it is shaded in the photo? Their coop sits up on the concrete slab. The rest of the pen is dirt. I leave the door to the pen open during the day so they can forage in the yard.
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  8. Orca5094

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  9. elly21

    elly21 Out Of The Brooder

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    No, I haven't. I'll have to do that when we put them in their pen tonight. It will be easier to catch them in there. lol
     
  10. Buck Oakes

    Buck Oakes Chillin' With My Peeps


    Oh those r ornamental breeds ( at least people call them that) u need an aviary, it's how to raise them in the best quality and how they stay the most healthy :)
     

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