I have four 1.5 month old call ducks. I have come to realize that ducks are far messier than chickens, particularly when it comes to the water in their waterers. When they were younger, I noticed that their water was always dirty. The lip of the waterer was small enough that they couldn't get into it, so I couldn't understand why it was so dirty. Eventually, it began to dawn on me that they were rooting around in the dirt/ground under the waterer and then drinking. Therefore all that dirt was being spit back into their waterer. I have no idea why they do this. Am the only one who has ducks that do this? When they were younger, I kept them in a brooder attachment next to my chicken house. Now that they are older, I have allowed them into the main chicken house and chicken yard until I get a duck pen/aviary and pond built. In the chicken house I have those hanging galvanized feeder and waterers like the ones pictured below. Once again, they are doing the same thing and making a mess of the waterer. The ground underneath the waterer is always wet and they seem to be digging around in the dirt around the waterer and then drinking. Therefore, the water in the galvanized waterer is filthy. Its driving me crazy. I dont know much about duck behavior. Why do they need to dig around in the dirt and then drink? Does anyone know of a solution to this problem? Can anyone suggest a different kind of waterer that might prevent the ducks form doing this. The only thing I can come up with is building a wood square covered with hardware wire to place under the waterer. Hopefully this would work. I just don't know.