Need help with my stinky pen

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by aladore, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. aladore

    aladore Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2017
    I have four ducks and three dogs. I do not let them out in the back yard together. My ducks free range when ever my dogs are in the house. Usually four to five hours a day. My question is. My lovely neighbors do not like animals. Don't understand why. I'm getting some stink from the pen. I clean it out every other day. My question is when my ducks free range I put wate and food out for them also besides everything on the grass. Do I have to put water and food in the pen when I lock them back in when my dogs are out? My hay gets so wet and I'm thinking this is a big problem with the smell. I just don't want to starve them > Please help me out. I'm not losing my pets.
  2. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Get rid of the straw/hay in the pen.....I use pebbles and sidewalk blocks I can hose off when needed..:)....Ducks stink..:)....Only pine shavings in their house are needed..:)
  3. mlh328

    mlh328 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 2, 2016
    Butte, MT
    I use straw in my duck house. I make sure to turn it every morning with a pitchfork and I leave the door open so it airs out. I don't need to clean mine out nearly that often. I do not have food or water in with them but I have a gate separating the front and back yard so they can be out all day without my dogs bothering them. Maybe check out Sweet PDZ. It's a stall freshener that lots of people use for their duck houses. I would leave food and water in with them if they are in the house for that long. I've seen people make watering stations using half of a dog crate to keep the water from getting all over, I think they put horse stall pellets in to absorb.
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Generally, foul odors are caused in part by a lack of oxygen. Wet bedding lacks oxygen.

    My ducks, by the way, do not stink. [​IMG]

    I have my pen on a 2% slope so that water flows slowly off. I use chopped straw in the bottom of the pen, and smooth pea gravel under the swim pans. The soil absorbs water, and extra water flows off and into a garden bed.

    If it is rainy where you are, I would put a cover over the pen and again direct the runoff away from the pen, into a garden or mulch area.

    Sometimes people realize that their pens are shaped like shallow bowls that hold water. That can cause problems.

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