Hardware cloth on ducks feet?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by m496, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. m496

    m496 Out Of The Brooder

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    I was wondering if hardware cloth on duck's feet would be ok? They will be on pasture all day and shut up in a coop area at night. I wanted the bottom of the small outdoor coop area to have hardware cloth so they can't make a mud mess and also that they can nibble at some grass inbetween the bars. So, if they are only on it at night, would that be ok? Would their poop be able to slip betweeen the wire?

    Thanks!

    P.s sorry i've been posting so much but i promise things will slow down once I figure everything out and get over the super excitement I will have when I first get the ducks (it may be a while for all the super excitement to go away lol) thanks a bunch to everyone helping me in this long process!!!!! Love you all!
     
  2. agregg15

    agregg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would put in a solid wood floor. That way it makes it more predator proof, it won't bother their feet as much, and depending on where you live it would make it warmer in the winter. Cleaning would also be easier.
     
  3. cooprunbuilder

    cooprunbuilder Out Of The Brooder

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    They would be ok on it its just they would prefer a solid floor and also its the predator issue its not really as safe as a solid floor.

    I wanted a wire floor but I thought it was a bit cruel the only thing that attracted me to it was the low mantinence, but it actually isn't the poo gets caught between the holes so it isn't as low mantinence as you think.


    hope it helps.
     
  4. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Hardware cloth will be fine.

    The easiest way to keep the mud under control is to have a draining pit to set the water on.
     

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