Wood chips for duck run?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Going Quackers, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    What are the general thoughts on this concept? our run has now gone to mud so.. i need to calm this down.. they are free ranged but there pool is in there which is creating a big 'ol muddy mess [​IMG] i've thought about the pea gravel but i dunno.. is it a better choice?
     
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  2. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It would depend upon what type of wood.

    I would not use cedar. Besides the toxic properties, it splinters easily and then you have the danger of bumblefoot if the ducks get a splinter in their foot. I would think that a smooth gravel would be better than wood chips.

    The only way to deal with the water is to put it over a draining pit. Anything else you do is still going to make mud. I've got a 7 gallon waterer in my night run and not a drop of mud anywhere, even though the ducks remove all 7 gallons of water every night. All bathing water is outside in their day pen where a bit of mud doesn't hurt anything.
     
  3. LemonDoodles

    LemonDoodles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings and they work wonderfully.
     
  4. BallardDuck

    BallardDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put in a french drain through the middle of my run. Then I covered the entire enclosure with several inches of sand, pea-gravel and washed (smooth) gravel. I keep the white pine shavings in their sleeping area inside. Seems to be working quite well!
     

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