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Duck pen
« on: April 03, 2017, 06:11:30 PM »
Curious if anyone with ducks has good ideas for the ground inside the pen so that it doesn't become a muddy sticky mess

I realize I will have some of a mess with ducks but trying to keep it to a minimum. Straw - bad idea. Leave it as dirt - bad idea. Tried wood shavings thinking it would kind of compost. Not bad.

Open to ideas. Thanks

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2017, 06:54:50 PM »
Not sure how your pen is set up, but keeping water isolated to one area is a start. If it is out in the rain then there is not much I have found, ducks are great at tearing up a wet area.

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2017, 06:58:34 PM »
Pen is exposed. Have a house for night with a ramp to the pen which is a wired enclosure. Then they free range when possible.

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2017, 07:41:22 PM »
What I can tell you is that if there is grass, it will get turned into mud. There's not a whole lot you can do about it. Had ducks for a couple years, and they are little excavators, and effective ones at that.

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2017, 01:42:29 PM »
Massive square footage is about all you can do. They eat and stomp everything, add water and the excessive amounts of poop they put out and it is a tough challenge. We keep three ducks in a 16'x30' foot pen and has zero grass, just a couple trees left.

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2017, 01:45:46 PM »
Duck tractor!
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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2017, 02:05:12 PM »
Duck tractor!


Not a bad idea. They will tear up grass for sure.
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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2017, 10:24:02 PM »
No tractor for me. Won't let them tear up the whole yard. Hoping to find some material on the ground that will drain

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2017, 08:27:45 AM »
Maybe sand or pea gravel?

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #9 on: April 08, 2017, 11:26:27 PM »
For my first pen I put sand over d1 grave with porous weed cloth betweenl. It just ended up turning into poop cemented sand. Drained ok for a few months but that was it. I actually built it up above ground level inside the pen about 4", not great but better than a Jud pit. If you cleaned the sand every few months it would work ok.

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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2017, 05:48:03 AM »
Put pen up on slight slope,lay out about 4 inches of 1 inch minus drain rock. Hose off every day or so,works great

Perforated rubber stall mats work also,just hose manure away each day
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Re: Duck pen
« Reply #11 on: April 09, 2017, 08:30:45 AM »
For my first pen I put sand over d1 grave with porous weed cloth betweenl. It just ended up turning into poop cemented sand. Drained ok for a few months but that was it. I actually built it up above ground level inside the pen about 4", not great but better than a Jud pit. If you cleaned the sand every few months it would work ok.
I would suspect that the weed cloth was a big part of the problem on that. If you're doing sand, the poop should be scooped. Hosing it should work for pea gravel as long as the sediment has a path into the ground.

 

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