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Bedding for chicks and ducks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by bucolic beauty, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. bucolic beauty

    bucolic beauty Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes, yet another bedding question. I'm sorry. We currently have 5 chicks and two ducklings together in a brooder. Right now we're using a brand of pellets called Nature's bedding but are wanting to switch to hay for cost reasons. Is hay absorbent enough for the splish-splash-I-was-taking-a-bath ducks? The pellets are pretty absorbent but the ducks are determined to turn the brooder into a "quackmire."[​IMG]
     
  2. faykokoWV

    faykokoWV Mrs Fancy Plants

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    hay will get slimy even faster, and it get slick and smelly when wet. How about plain old pine shavings? Around here is $6 for a big bag. You can also absorb some of the water by using puppy training pads under the bedding. Shredded paper is another cheap alternative... doesn't last long though.
     
  3. bucolic beauty

    bucolic beauty Out Of The Brooder

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    Good to know. The house already smells like a barn.[​IMG] Puppy training pads - genius! I'll definitely pick up some of those. Thank you!
     

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