New member. Ground cover opinions for duck yard.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LizT, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. LizT

    LizT In the Brooder

    May 16, 2019
    8769DF92-C68A-4160-858E-DBB316EE11D8.jpeg I have enjoyed reading the many threads. You guys rock! This is my newly established duck area. My husband wants to put 3/4 inch stone in the smaller 20 x20 area the ducks house sits in. I’m not so sure the duck will walk on it comfortably. Thoughts?
  2. LizT

    LizT In the Brooder

    May 16, 2019

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  3. Texas Kiki

    Texas Kiki Egg Pusher

    Jul 31, 2015
    Houston, TX
    My Coop
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  4. DobieLover

    DobieLover Easily distracted by chickens

    Jul 23, 2018
    Apalachin, NY
    My Coop
    Hello, Liz, and welcome to BYC! :frow Glad you joined.
    I'm not sure about ducks but I have wood chips in my chicken run and they love it. It drains well and they have something to scratch around in.
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  5. Pork Pie

    Pork Pie Flockwit

    Jan 30, 2015
    Hello Liz and welcome to BYC. I hope that you enjoy your time here. I have no experience in keeping ducks, sorry.

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    Best wishes

    Pork Pie
  6. fldiver97

    fldiver97 Enabler

    Aug 5, 2009
    Middleton, WI
    My Coop
    Welcome :welcome Nice to have you here! I don’t have ducks and am just guessing but If the rocks are the rounded type and you can avoid any ground cover with sharp edges it may be okay... Check in with the folks in the duck forum, you should get some good information
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  7. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

    Jun 24, 2012
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! 3/4 inch round rock or 3/4 inch baserock?
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
  8. LizT

    LizT In the Brooder

    May 16, 2019
    Hummm. Good question. I’ll have to ask hubby. Was thinking pea gravel and/or sand may be a better option
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  9. Dees ducks

    Dees ducks Chirping

    Jan 19, 2019
    Hi, and welcome to the forum. I'm no expert but I have a mixture of ground cover in my duck pen and run. I have used plum slate chippings (they were on sale at a ridiculously low price here in the UK). The chippings are not sharp and the ducks love them even snoozing on the during the day. At night, once I've put them to bed I simply lightly hose down the area and it's fresh to go for the next morning! 1559979201354.jpg 1559979202768.jpg 1559979201354.jpg
  10. Steven Bussell

    Steven Bussell Songster

    May 5, 2019
    I'm using pea gravel and sand. I laid down sand first because when the ground under pea gravel gets wet the weight of the ducks will push it down into the mud. Then I added a couple of inches of pea gravel. Then I added sand on top of it. But only a few feet around the small pond. The rest of the run I used uncolored bark I think the bark is to big. If I could find untreated small stuff I will replace it. They do like to make mud soup in their water container. So I'm using nipples, water cups and a 5 gallon container.
    I think you guys are on the right track. Have your husband walk barefooted on the gravel and see if he's comfortable with it :wee
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