Ok so we are new to the duck raising Our babies have a coop and a safe area to play with a small pool, they are allowed to free range during the day and are put up in the coop everynight. I would say 95% of the time they spend in their pen I guess they feel safe there bc they do not roam very far at all from that area. This is a picture of the setup we have just to give you an idea. This picture was still in the construction phase, since this the ramp up has been changed a bit (there is sides on it now and the angle has changed) there is also a a tarp over one side like a shade sail, the dog house was removed and there is a heavy duty horse stall rubber mat placed under their small pool (which i hope to get something bigger next year) which helps with the mud. We left the bottom of the pen grass for a while till there was hardly any grass left. We have had an extremely wet summer here honestly I could probably count on two hands how many summer days it has not rained. I think we are something like 12inches above our average yearly rainfall for the year. So needless to say their pen was becoming a swamp which of course they didn't seem to mind they love playing in the mud. We use Pine Shaving in their coop but we have horses and have hay already so we decided to put down a bale of hay a 2 weeks ago . Well I am not sure that this is a good idea it had definitely prevented the mud but bc sunny days are few and far between it never dries out and I have noticed alot more bugs and alot more of an odor coming from their area, I am really starting to get concerned about bugs,mold, bacteria and such that could make them sick. I could really use any help/ suggestions and affordable options.