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We have two Pekin ducks in Florida.  The ducks come in a cage at night to keep them safe.  I have a metal tray under the cage to catch the smelly stuff and rinse daily.  I also try and avoid feeding them at night to cut down on waste in the cage.  I put the cage on two pressure treated boards with small rocks in between  the boards.  I spray out the cage daily for anything that has not fallen through.  My questions are:  What products should I be cleaning with?  Is their something I can spray or put down to help break down the waste?  What about cleaning bowls for food and water etc...  I was using vinegar and water but it is turning the metal and making it rust.  Just want to keep the ducks safe and our environment non-smelly and safe.  

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If you use stainless steel, rust ought not to be a problem.  I use a stainless steel bowl and a plastic doggie no-spill bowl.  I use vinegar for cleanup.

 

Composting is the best way to handle manure.  Just balance the manure with straw or shavings, and it helps to rake it a little from time to time so it gets some air.

 

Water drives air out, so wet manure and wet compost will smell unpleasant.

 

I would just make sure the cage cannot be toppled by a large dog.  I lost my rabbit - she died - because a dog found her cage and tumbled it down a small slope, breaking it open.ç

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Galvanized steel is also rust resistant and cheaper than stainless
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I believe galvanized will leach zinc when combined with acid (vinegar) liquids.

 

And stainless bowls don't cost that much.

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I believe galvanized will leach zinc when combined with acid (vinegar) liquids.

And stainless bowls don't cost that much.

I stand corrected!
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I stand corrected!

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