How to keep ducks and their pen mud free during winter.

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  1. 20123001

    20123001 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Right now their pen is covered in mud and making my birds filthy even though they have clean water. I don't like when my call ducks get super muddy, i had a hutch thing for them but it was destroyed. What can i do to prevent this? They have a house they can go in but it doesn't seem to keep them any cleaner. I usually let all my birds out but lately they have been dying from predator attacks. Any suggestions?
     
  2. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    I put down a thick layer of straw.
     
  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Quote:X2 it's defiantly seemed to help with the mud
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Quote:X3

    In winter I keep adding a little straw on top so they'll have something clean and dry to stand on. As it starts to build up, I'll pull back the top layer, rake out some of the more composted material and place around the edges or on the compost, then put the top layer back and top it off with more fresh straw. Really sounds more complicated than it is.

    Of course, last winter, it did not take long before we had a few feet of snow on the ground - no mud! [​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:X2 it's defiantly seemed to help with the mud

    and after awhile you can make bricks [​IMG] sorry i couldn't resist. [​IMG]
     
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  6. Kevin565

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  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I am seriously thinking of getting some pea gravel to put down where they all hang out the most. It is a mud pit and gross, so any comments on using pea gravel does it work or am i waisting my money?
     
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Ive never used it but i have heard some great reviews about it.
     
  9. Amiga

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    I have it under their kiddie pool in the day pen. It is relatively low maintenance, but does get gummed up and requires a couple of times a year, a serious rake out/hose out refresh.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Quote:Right now I throw the used pine shaving out and around and it's kinda like the straw after a while it gets bogged down and spongy so I am thinking the pea gravel will help to keep the nasties under it and i can just rinse off at night as long as the hose stay thawed. Now should I put sand under the gravel or is that over kill? appreciate your imput with 10 ducks and 1 goose it is very gross right now and we had alot of rain yesterday and now snow so it's getting worse by the minute. [​IMG]
     

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