Baby Duck Question on Bedding

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by dansdeals3489, Mar 22, 2008.

  1. dansdeals3489

    dansdeals3489 In the Brooder

    Mar 17, 2008
    Mogadore, Ohio
    I have two great baby ducks, one is a rouen named Virgil and the other is a Pekin named Daisey. They are a week old. I hatched the Rouen and purchased the Pekin (for a buddy for Virgil) from a local breeder. My question is this: my local breeder told me to use large pine wood chips for bedding. I know not to use cedar chips. They are eating the pine chips, is that bad for them? Should I somehow prevent them to eating it and how? Thanks for all your help in advance.
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Songster

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    pml me i will help you
    Last edited by a moderator: Mar 22, 2008
  3. sandcat

    sandcat Songster

    Sep 1, 2010
    what food do you have out for them, im no expert but perhaps take out the pine that they are eating just until they recognise what they should be eating, good luck they are so lovely at that age
  4. JaciBlue

    JaciBlue In the Brooder

    May 31, 2011
    New Orleans
    When my Ruthie was that age I had a towel and hay in her cage. Just have to launder the towel alot lol
  5. THunter

    THunter Songster

    They'll quit once they realize they aren't getting anything out of it. Raised many a duck/chicken/quail on pine shavings and never had a problem with it.
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Crowing

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    At one week of age, when they are first introduced to shavings, they will sample them, but soon stop. Keep their food in front of them full time when you introduce shavings.

    I've never had a duckling harmed by it. They are babies and everything goes into their mouth to taste when they are young.

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