Muddy Duck Pen

HardisonsHens

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Need advice..I have two 10 month old buff ducks in their own pen in our backyard and we have had so much rain for the past couple months that their pen is pure mud,is this bad for them to walk on ? They have a place for them to sleep that is dry with some wheat straw placed inside do I need to buy a couple bales of the wheat straw to put into the pen itself ?
 

TheTwoRoos

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You can make one place that is covered up to provide shed and put lots of hay,straw,or wood shaving so they can lay and get away from teh weather.But,this really doesn't hurt them in way.They love and it keep them very satisfied,
 

HardisonsHens

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You can make one place that is covered up to provide shed and put lots of hay,straw,or wood shaving so they can lay and get away from teh weather.But,this really doesn't hurt them in way.They love and it keep them very satisfied,

Ok thank you makes me feel better
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I will be going tomorrow to get two bales to spread out in pen just to try to soak some of it up as they are calling for rain again in a couple days
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Miss Lydia

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So if I got some bags of pine flakes put that down then 6"of straw do you think that would help ?
After the tromp on it for a week you can make bricks. [Just kidding] putting down straw and shaving will help alot but like TheTwoRoos said they will work it all into the mus eventually but only having 2 ducks it will take them awhile. Oh your in NC so am I yep non stop rain with mud mud mud.
 
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cafarmgirl

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I would use sand and lots of it. Straw in an outside pen is going to turn into a wet, soggy, stinky mess and it will break your back when it's time to clean it out. It's fine for their indoor area but I think you'll hate it for their outside pen.
 

HardisonsHens

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I would use sand and lots of it.  Straw in an outside pen is going to turn into a wet, soggy, stinky mess and it will break your back when it's time to clean it out.  It's fine for their indoor area but I think you'll hate it for their outside pen. 

We were tlkn bout sand but that would have to be something we do once it ever dries up round here since we'd use the tractor to go back and forth to scoop it up and into the pen and right now we'd bury that sucker
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HardisonsHens

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After the tromp on it for a week you can make bricks. [Just kidding]  putting down straw and shaving will help alot but like TheTwoRoos said they will work it all into the mus eventually but only having 2 ducks it will take them awhile. Oh your in NC so am I yep non stop rain with mud mud mud.

Ha yep eastern Nc.. it has seemed to rain 1-3 days every single week for a couple months now..I don't think it'll dry up round here till the darn summer
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Miss Lydia

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Ha yep eastern Nc.. it has seemed to rain 1-3 days every single week for a couple months now..I don't think it'll dry up round here till the darn summer
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We're actually suppose to start drying out tomorrow but it may take till summer before it's actually dry. been a very strange fall and winter so far. I use river rock around my waterfowls water buckets. I lay landscaping cloth down then river rock from Lowes it really does help.
 

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