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Post by dorsetduckowner » Wed Mar 06, 2019 12:03 pm

I have a female muscovy who insists on sitting tight on her eggs 4 times a year, she is so determined. I let her sit for a few weeks then turf her off, I feel awful for 24 hours, she gets annoyed with me, then we both get over it and things are back to normal and she goes about her life as usual and I don't have hundreds of muscovy babies to cope with each year ;)
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Post by Shell1553 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 4:42 pm

Yeah I have no grass anymore but the dogs don’t help that either because one of mine likes to scratch about after having a wee. Which the ducks love! Lol

To be honest I’m just happy to see Maude happy again. She’s got her voice back which I’m sure the neighbours won’t be pleased about. Especially at 7am this morning when she shouted at me for not throwing down her strawberries fast enough. She’s such a drama queen!
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Post by dorsetduckowner » Wed Mar 06, 2019 5:13 pm

Does she have cream and champagne with her strawberries or is that only during tennis season?
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Post by Shell1553 » Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:29 pm

Just tennis season 😂😂

The state of them today with all the rain and mud is terrible. Definitely not very lady like today
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Post by Shell1553 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:56 am

While I’m here, does anyone have any tips on the runs flooring? While I’m at work they stay in the run but it’s like a swamp whenever it rains with how compacted the mug has got. Someone mentioned on another forum that bark was good to put down for them but I’m worried about their feet. I’m considering slabbing it all to be honest. I fell on my bum last night when putting them to bed the mud was that bad 🙄
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Post by dorsetduckowner » Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:39 am

ahh I feel your pain, I have re-turfed the hospital aviaries twice this month already!
Slabbing isn't good, you will get all sorts of foot problems with them. If you use bark (which is good), you have to use hardwood as softwood bark goes moldy and mold is bad news for ducks, they could get aspergillosis. I think Flytesofancy does hardwood bark, garden centres don't stock it as a rule.
Stable matting is fantastic and also easy to clean. For long term grass protection I use plastic tree guard mesh.
https://www.green-tech.co.uk/tree-plant ... stic-rolls
Re turf, or re seed when you can, then lay the mesh over the grass and the grass grows through. You get grass, but they cant get their bills through the holes to dibble enough to turn to mud. If you do this make sure your drainage is good underneath so you don't get too much surface water. You could do a mixture of grass mesh and stable matting in the pen. I put the stable matting round the water/pond areas which helps to keep the water a bit cleaner...
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Post by Shell1553 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:16 am

That’s the problem I have rubbish drainage. Going to have a look at the mesh and look up the bark. Thanks very much for all your help 😊
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Post by Marigold » Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:46 am

Has anyone tried Aubiose (shredded hemp) for duck pens? It's soft, warm, fantastically absorbent and doesn't develop fungal problems when damp. I use it for my hens and as it's really horse bedding it's intended for a deep litter system where you add extra on top, having removed the worse of the poo, which is easy to do on a daily basis as it coats the droppings and make it possible to pick them up. It's a good choice if you have a riding stables nearby that will sell you a few bales without costing the earth for transport, as Flytes of Fancy etc do. Last week i bought 5 X 22-kg bales for £54 plus £1.80 delivery for the lot, which will last me a year. Contents of the muck bucket are an amazing addition to compost as well.
In the chicken run I also have a permeable membrane underneath the Aubiose, which stops them scratching earth into the bedding and keeps it cleaner. They have a big dustbath for that. Oh, and a roof over the run as well, with a gutter to prevent rain coming in from the sides and willow screening round some of the sides for shade and wind protection. I know ducks need access to water to dabble in, and so they are intrinsically messier than hens, but if you can reduce the amount of rainwater falling on the pen it must be a help. I know that they prefer grass, whether mesh covered or not, but when this isn't available, anything is better than mud, i would imagine.

Here's a link to Aubiose stockist, if interested. I don't know what you think about Aubiose for ducks, dorsetduckowner?
http://www.aubiose.co.uk/stockists.php
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Re: Bullying drake

Post by Shell1553 » Thu Mar 07, 2019 12:33 pm

Ideally I need to put my roof back on, it was destroyed back when storm Brian hit and I’ve still not going round to fixing it up. It’s on my very long list of things to do. There’s a small pond in the run as well which doesn’t make it any better especially as the girls fly round the water causing tidal waves. I must roll my eyes at the ducks at least 6 times a day. I’m currently building a long planter for down side of my garden seeing as though my flower boarder was a bad idea for both dogs and ducks but because I still haven’t finished it because of the rain the ducks are currently using it as a catwalk 🙄
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Post by dorsetduckowner » Fri Mar 08, 2019 10:46 am

I use Aubiose for their overnight quarters, poo pick daily and top up then a full clean out when needs be. Its good stuff, but expensive. Works out cheaper in the long run though I reckon.
I should really put a roof on my hospital aviaries, its usually my flighted birds that go in there though and I worry about them hitting a hard roof so currently have netting.
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