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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ultasol, Dec 22, 2009.
How do you manage the mud in runs when your ducks have to be cooped up?
I just finished tarping my run with a heavy-duty building tarp (for those tarp car-ports) today.
It was getting pretty muddy so I will see how this works. A roof is the only way i can imagine to keep the mud gone, but then they're still pretty messy with the water.
last year, we laid own a thick layer of sand & it worked pretty well but gets yucky really quickly. it's not the best for drainage either, the water just kind of sits on top and makes a stream if it can.
i want to have a cement run when i build the new duck pens. i think it'll be much easier to keep clean and clean out. i plan on using shavings on top of it to avoid any foot damage but I also hope it will help keep their nails dull too since i only have Muscovy's.
I've been using pea gravel for the muddy bits... it's been working good.
I'll be watcing this thread seeing as my pen is mud. MUD! I do go out and fine logs for them though, so that they all have something to perch on.
My wild duck aviary gets muddy in some places...we placed a lot of rocks around the pond and that seems to work, but I think I will put some pea gravel in some spots
I am hoping to get, at some point, some muscovies. I can only IMAGINE the mess, so I thought I would ask now. My geese have several acres of pasture,. although their pasture area was cut in half in fall when I redid one large area.
Good idea with the pea gravel, but does it get clogged with poop?