Ducks run help please!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sandrews2015, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Sandrews2015

    Sandrews2015 In the Brooder

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    We have 2 ducks and we have them in a seperate run for themselves beside the chickens...have their feeder...water and a little kiddie pool out there (just on flat ground in the grass) and all around the pool is just a damn mess from the mud and poop and they just trample in it ! What can we do or put around it to help with this ? Thank you!
     
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  2. HenHouse4Life

    HenHouse4Life GrandmaOnDuty

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    I totally understand what you're saying. We now free range our ducks and they only go in at night, and even then they don't always want to do that.
    When they were penned up in a run we tried to keep the food up higher and away from the water.
    Ducks are very messy but completely adorable :love
     
  3. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

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    If you don’t want a mess then don’t raise ducks. You could try pea gravel, but if you do you will have to clean it a lot so it doesn’t smell.
     
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  4. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    River Rock works. You do have to top it off every year because the rocks just seem to disappear in the ground.
     
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  5. Sandrews2015

    Sandrews2015 In the Brooder

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    Oh I love the ducks but just right around their pool is a mess lol just wanted to know if there was anything I could put down to help ?
     
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  6. Sandrews2015

    Sandrews2015 In the Brooder

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    So I could put river rocks just right there in that spot around the pool? They can walk on the rocks ok? Weve never had ducks so new to this ! Lol
     
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  7. crazy4ChickensNducks

    crazy4ChickensNducks Songster

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    You will have to clean the rocks almost daily or they start to stink, I put mine down last week and they have disappeared under the mud
     
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  8. Sandrews2015

    Sandrews2015 In the Brooder

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    Well the poop under the rocks will already stink it smells bad right there now lol
     
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  9. Sandrews2015

    Sandrews2015 In the Brooder

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    They are adorable ! Pretty funny to watch but I definitely dont think we could let them free range...they dont have an actual "coop" they go in at night they have an enclosed space under our chicken coop we have straw under there for them to get under there if they want but they honestly hang out in the run in the grass or the water most of the time
     
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  10. llombardo

    llombardo Crowing

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    Mine do fine, they probably are the ones making them disappear into the ground.

    This is the beginning of spring, I have to go get a couple bags and the pool has hay in it for the winter--they have their pool back now

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