Duck run flooring

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Zolamarie, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey y’all, I hope you are having a good day!:frow

    I’m going to build a small duck run this weekend and can’t figure out what to line the floor with. The run I have right now is just a fenced in area with a dirt floor... or should I say mud floor! :sickIt is sooo gross and I keep cleaning it out but I can’t seem to keep the mud and poo at bay. When I build my new run, I want to put something down so it won’t be quite as muddy and just nasty. I use the deep litter method in the coop with pine shavings which is awesome, but I can’t put them outside because if it rains they never dry out! I was thinking of using rice hulls, but I’d like to know what y’all think I should use.
    Oh BTW my new run will be 6x12 with a coop attached. I won’t have a pool inside the run, but they will come outside to swim and play outside of their run at leas a couple hours every day.
     
  2. blayt90

    blayt90 Overrun With Chickens

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    Hello, I am also new to all of this but i have read that sand works well for a run floor. I am having the same issue with my run and my ducks pond is inside their run. I am debating on spreading sand inside the run for them to walk on so it will not be as bad in their run.
     
  3. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve heard that sand is good. I just wonder how well it does in rain. Good luck on your run!
     
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  4. Runnerducks1

    Runnerducks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think this year for my ducks i will use sand. Can you use sand for ducklings?
     
  5. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I end up using sand I’ll let you know how it goes! I was told sand will turn into almost a concrete surface and will keep from getting muddy, but still soft on ducks feet. I just put sand in my shed for nighttime but I don’t have enough for the outdoor run.
     
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  6. Zolamarie

    Zolamarie Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. CarleeAnn

    CarleeAnn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That was an interesting read for sure! Thanks for sharing.

    I definetly would not recommend sand in the brooder for ducklings- and I didn’t really think about how hot it could get outside. I figure sand in my shed with adult ducks isn’t too bad- plenty of other do it successfully- but outside would be a different story. My run outdoors is a covered run, so a little different than circumstances discussed- but I think we may try river stones! Although if not covered I imagine would be just as hot on their feet (but again, mine is covered so shouldn’t be a problem).


    Best of luck everyone!!
     
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  8. Runnerducks1

    Runnerducks1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for saving my saving my ducks life!
     
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  9. Enigmius

    Enigmius Out Of The Brooder

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    Is straw out of the question for the run?
     
  10. blayt90

    blayt90 Overrun With Chickens

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    The straw would stay wet and soggy just like the pine shavings and mold fast.
     

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