I've been pulling my hair out trying to figure out how to ease the load of MESS from the ducklings. I've tried everything but this! I think it will actually work! It's not so much the poop, but their messing drinking and trying to squeeze their bodies into the ring of water and splash all over the place or 9 bills at once splashing. So I'm hoping it works but I know I will need to extend it and make it bigger as they get bigger this winter. But at lease it will be confinded to one space rather then the entire cage. WOW, I won't let ducks lay nor will I hatch so late in the season again. Now I know what Katharina was warning me about! LOL! But, I love them anyway. No different then my own kids making a mess.