Muddy Ground

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by wwestfall, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. wwestfall

    wwestfall New Egg

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    Some background.....I have some Welsh Harlequin Ducks that I hatched myself. Two of the ducks, 1 male and 1 female (Donald and Quackers) were from 2011 and another 5 ducks, 3 male and 2 female, from 2014. The new males gang up and attack Donald so I must separate the two groups. (would it be okay to let them settle it themselves?)
    Now the reason for my thread.....
    I live in SC and we've had some wet weather for some time now. The area that the ducks reside (two separate coops) is very muddy and never seems to get a chance to dry out completely. There are pools of water that I have been controlling with a submerged sump in the ground, so there are no longer standing pools but the entire area is still soggy and muddy from the ducks.
    Question.....
    Can I use a layer of gravel to help with the mud? Will the gravel be to hard on the ducks feet? I was thinking some smooth, small, gravel... Perhaps "Pea Gravel" or "Paving Gravel".
    Any suggestions or ideas? I am not able to relocate the ducks because of limited space.
    Thanks.....
     
  2. chickster5003

    chickster5003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hay! Hay works wonders for my ducks! They eat the seeds and it keeps the pen dry for weeks! I live in Monroe NC, so I understand this terrible wet weather!
     
  3. wwestfall

    wwestfall New Egg

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  4. chickster5003

    chickster5003 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We use 2 big bales for a 20ft by 12 ft open, but the more the better
     
  5. wwestfall

    wwestfall New Egg

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    Thanks.... I'll try! ;)
     

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