What is the base in your duck pen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LaurelC, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. LaurelC

    LaurelC Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2013
    Bothell, WA
    For those of you that do not free range your ducks exclusively, what do you use for the ground in their outdoor area? It seems that pea gravel, sand, and bare earth seem to be the most common. Have you found something that you use that is extraordinary? We are building our pen on a slight slope, and I'm thinking of building a small retaining wall around where the pond will be and filling it with pea gravel to help with the filth and drainage. Unsure what to use on the "covered" area's ground. Perhaps sand will be a good option so they have some grit and I'll be able to scoop poop like cat litter? Let's hear what your set up is!
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Mine do range over a big part of property but in the hang out area where food and water is I put down landscaping material then round river rock over top, keeps them from mucking up the area and burrowing the rock in the mud. This is 2nd year with this and working good. [​IMG]
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Chopped straw, leaves, things that are high in carbon and soft on the feet. High carbon materials combine with the poop to reduce odors and make compost. Worms come up into the compost, giving the ducks something to forage. Around the swim pans we have a mix of smooth pea gravel and sand and oak leaves. The oak leaves seem to reduce odor in the summer.

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