In the Brooder
- Apr 27, 2017
I'm hoping y'all can help me with the floor of my run... I'm feeling so discouraged right now! The bottom of the floor is hardware cloth since we had a raccoon dig under and sadly claim our first ducks. On top of that I have laid dirt and mulch. It gets muddy when it rains, and it's been raining A LOT lately, but otherwise it has only really been wet around the ducks' pool. I haven't been removing the droppings - I guess I thought that they would just become one with the soil over not too much time. But recently my boyfriend mentioned that he can often smell their poop when he enters the backyard. I haven't really noticed it but decided to try to do something about it. I read that it helps to turn the soil often so I went out to do that just now, and that really unleashed the smell! I also read about barn lime being helpful, so I sprinkled some of that in and turned it around in the soil. Am I doing this right at all!? Will the poo decompose and become the soil? Are soil and mulch a good floor? I have read a lot about sand and might try that but need to wait until everything is totally dry. My run is about 200 sq feet so I don't think I'm up for the deep litter method but will try that in my coops for sure. But I'm wondering if sand will be tough with a run that size... any help would be so appreciated! I just want my birds to be happy!