Ducks on concrete ???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tony garza, May 29, 2010.

  1. tony garza

    tony garza Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2010
    Cross Plains, Tx

    I have an unused slab of concrete that is 12X32. It used to be a hog building until the tornado took the building but left the concrete slab. The slab even has a drainage slot. Can I use this slab to raise ducks ????

    Thanks for your replies,

  2. duckgirl_19

    duckgirl_19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2010
    some people on her do but they put sand down for easy clean up i would have some grass so if there feet hurt they can walk on that
  3. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    southwest Virginia
    Yes you can raise them on it but they will still make a mudhole somehow. Is the slab smooth or rough i would still put something down for the cleaning.
  4. tony garza

    tony garza Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 21, 2010
    Cross Plains, Tx
    The slab is smooth and I can put hay on a portion of the floor that will be their housing to help them with their footing and feet. But I was thinking that hosing the slab down and out in the waste channel would be easy for me and keep the poop and flies down some. Oh was just an idea.

  5. Natermotor

    Natermotor Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 15, 2010
    Cecil County,MD
    Concrete can be used, but I wouldn't reccomend it, unless HUGE amounts of bedding is used. They can get leg problems.
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    FOr me it would depend on how smooth it was. You said smooth, but even if there are rough patches, bumblefoot could be an issue. Other than that, I am all for easy clean ups [​IMG]
  7. L0rraine

    L0rraine Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    Whidbey Island
    I have a big smooth concrete section in my enclosed run (which was there when we moved in). I wish it wasn't there, because it is harder on the ducks feet and legs, but they do have access to large areas of grass (and mud) on either side of it. They prefer not to hang out on the cemented area, but I confess that when I know I'm going to have less time for clean up at home for a few days, I put their pool in the middle of it cuz their water stays significantly cleaner there. [​IMG]
  8. sayyadina

    sayyadina Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    My duck house floor is concrete, with 2-3" of wood pellets/sawdust on top. They don't touch the concrete anywhere, and so far its been easy to clean. I just stir up & shift the bedding around once a day, so that the parts that were near the waterer can dry out. My duck house also has pretty good ventilation, so there's a lot of air movement which helps things dry out. I have 16 ducklings & 2 goslings, and they're inside most of the time since they're only 4 weeks old. So far, the mess really isn't that bad.
  9. lovesduckies

    lovesduckies Bedroom Farm Inc.

    Jan 11, 2010
    the ducky room
    i wouldn't, unless you'd like to be dealing with bumble foot. ducks and concrete and ducks and wire bottom cages are not goo for the cute little duckie feets
  10. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    I have 14 Indian Runners that are are housed inside at night. I have a huge shed where I have created three seperate pens. On top of the concrete floor I have lino- then place pine shavings and hay on top of that. The hay lifts easily off the shavings- and I can almost kind of roll up the top layer of hay- remove the soiled areas of shavings- top them up and lay more hay again. Every second weekend I do a full cleanout removing all of the bedding- I give the lino a bit of a scrape to remove any stuck on bits- And its good to go again. I have a bucket of water in each pen and put no bedding around the buckets to try and stop it getting too messy. They are let out each day to wander the yard. Concrete alone would make things easier to clean - But it is very hard on their feet- Providing bedding of some kind would be nessecary to protect them from foot trouble and infections.

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