Just an idea to keep the mess down. . .

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cici_p, May 16, 2009.

  1. cici_p

    cici_p Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    Thought I would share since this is working so well.
    We moved all our ducks and chickens outside to the coop this week.
    To keep the mess down in our chicken house, I bought a little dog pool from petsmart (they are just like the plastic kiddie wading pools except smaller) and cut out a small doorway for the birds to be able to walk in and out. When I cut out the doorway, I left 3-4 inches of plastic sticking up, to keep any water from running out.
    Then I put the water and food bowls in the pool, so the birds have an eating area they can get as messy as they want.
    All I have to do is pull it out everyday and hose it out.
    The bedding in the chicken coop has stayed completely dry!
    It's working wonders!

  2. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    What a good idea! Thanks for sharing.
  3. jeannieo

    jeannieo Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    Collinsville, CT
    I'M OFF TO PETSMART!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
  5. virginbred

    virginbred In the Brooder

    Jan 14, 2009
    edisto island
    can you post some pics of this? sounds like it could be the answer to a lot of problems with keeping wet ducks! thanks...virginia
  6. Calebs Acre

    Calebs Acre Songster

    May 17, 2008
    Long Island
    Genius!! Thanks for the tip!
  7. dipence71

    dipence71 Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Murrayville, IL
    Do the chickens have to eat in the pool? Do they mind having to stand in water to eat??
    I just got ducks and they will be bunking with the chickens in a few weeks (after quarantine to make sure no one is sick ect)

  8. hikerchick

    hikerchick Songster

    Apr 6, 2009
    Dover, PA
    How old are your ducks? I want to move mine out as soon as it is safe.
  9. cici_p

    cici_p Songster

    Feb 27, 2009
    My youngest ducks are three weeks old. The youngest chicks are 4 weeks. It is in the 80s in the day here, and at night I just turn on a heat lamp. They haven't seemed cold at all; most of the time they either lay spread out under the lamp, or huddled together away from it.
    The chicks were brooded with the ducks, so I don't think the mess in the feeding area bothers them at all! [​IMG]
    They are actually much cleaner now than they were in the brooder. It only gets the bottoms of their feet wet, not like it is knee deep.
    I think it is a relief for all of us to move these guys outside! They are all much happier, and I know I am.
    I will try to take a picture later.
  10. Blooming chicks

    Blooming chicks Songster

    Mar 4, 2008
    Bucks County
    Sounds like a great idea. I'd like to see pictures too. My ducks are 3 weeks old but it is still dropping into the 40's at night here, so I wont put them out for another week or so. But I am always on the look out for tips on keeping the coop dry. Thanks for sharing.

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