Please Help me! Muddy mess!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Jessica_1285, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Jessica_1285

    Jessica_1285 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2011
    Fredonia PA
    I've only had duck for 2 years, I absolutly love them but the enclosure is giving me nightmares! What a muddy smelly mess:( the run is 20 by 20 and there is no way grass is ever gonna grow back. what can i do? I want an attractive enclosure but I cant move it around to new areas of grass all the time. unfortunately my ducks only get to free range a couple times a week so I've been reluctant to add flooring in the run but something needs to be done! Please tell me if its safe for ducks to spend most or their time on gravel (this is the only idea I have)
  2. DuckLover179

    DuckLover179 Waddles & Puddles

    Nov 28, 2010
    I use stall mats from the feed store. I just rinse them off, and it's clean.
    Here's a pic of it (It's safe for their feet, they don't slip, and It's SO easy to clean!)
    Hope that helps! [​IMG]
  3. Jessica_1285

    Jessica_1285 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2011
    Fredonia PA
    Quote:hey thats a cool idea! thanks:)
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    You can also build water porches--raised wire platforms for the bathing water--which will help reduce the mud problem. Then bed the remainder in hay, just tossing more hay on top each time it starts to get mucky. You'll have to clean the hay out a couple times a month or so, but it's easy to maintain and looks clean and fresh. The lower layers of bedding will gradually decompose without odor (though you may have bugs living in the bedding--a sprinkling of DE can help with that).

    Good luck! Ducks can sure be messy.
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    The duck pen has pea gravel under the swim pans, and a mix of leaves and straw and sawdust in the rest. I rake over and turn some areas regularly, to improve the composting, and that brings up bugs which the ducks enjoy.

    I need to get a little DE into a couple of areas which are just now beginning to be used by some tiny fly-like insects as the weather warms. Probably will sprinkle a little while the ducks are elsewhere, then toss some fresh straw on top.

    I also have a little channel that directs used duck water from their pen down to the grape arbor, so the grapes get watered and fertilized regularly.
  6. Lamar Estate

    Lamar Estate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2011
    St. Paul, Minnesota
    These ideas are awesome!

    If you haven't already done so, please posts pictures!
  7. bella_spinone

    bella_spinone New Egg

    Feb 13, 2011
    I am looking at flooring options. Stall mats sound interesting.

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