emmad783

Chirping
Oct 4, 2018
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Hi all, I am in desperate need of advice, currently I have 4 pekins outside in a "yard" run. I live in the woods so the yard is dirt, there are tree roots exposed, some rocks etc. all 4 have bumblefoot that I am also struggling to treat as all of this is very new to me! my question is... what sort of material is cost effective and will help cover the "sharps" in their run? do I go gravel? sand? a mixture? it's almost winter here, would I be better of waiting until spring? aah help please!
 

hillbilly91

Free Ranging
6 Years
Jan 2, 2016
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4,083
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Westminster sc
Hi all, I am in desperate need of advice, currently I have 4 pekins outside in a "yard" run. I live in the woods so the yard is dirt, there are tree roots exposed, some rocks etc. all 4 have bumblefoot that I am also struggling to treat as all of this is very new to me! my question is... what sort of material is cost effective and will help cover the "sharps" in their run? do I go gravel? sand? a mixture? it's almost winter here, would I be better of waiting until spring? aah help please!
Mulch with fine shavings works good about 6inches
 

snow5164

Crowing
May 16, 2015
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We have something called highway gravel , it’s 50% sand 50% very small stones , not sure if that would work ,

Just remember mulch breaks down and is prone to mold and mildew, especially with ducks because they don’t turn it as chickens do.

Straw is a cost effective way to cover shape edges, ducks love it and it’s light weight and does pretty good with moisture..

So much to think about :)
 

emmad783

Chirping
Oct 4, 2018
41
63
99
We have something called highway gravel , it’s 50% sand 50% very small stones , not sure if that would work ,

Just remember mulch breaks down and is prone to mold and mildew, especially with ducks because they don’t turn it as chickens do.

Straw is a cost effective way to cover shape edges, ducks love it and it’s light weight and does pretty good with moisture..

So much to think about :)

you’re not kidding!! soooo much to think about ‍♀️ I had no idea before I got myself into this... hahaha
 

thumper650

Crowing
Mar 10, 2018
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Maynard, MA
I don't get eggs, because I have drakes, but the entertainment value is amazing!
My 2 new runners have made looking out my back windows more entertaining than TV!

My run is just soil, that was grass at one point. I use TSC stall mats in the place where the ducks hang out the most, near the food. I hose it off after they go in their house for the night. I scoop up where the runoff goes about once a week.
 

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