Bedding for Duck House? Hay or Shavings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lolliegee, May 29, 2009.

  1. fowlmood

    fowlmood Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 28, 2009
    northern Michigan
    I think you'll just have to try everything and decide what works best for you and your situation. Personally, I use the pelleted bedding and think it works great for the ducks and geese. I like it because it does absorb a lot and since their droppings are mostly water, it works well for me and mine. When it gets wet it does break down, I just rake it all even and add a little PDZ and another bag on top. For my birds, the straw was terrible. They packed it down and the goo and moisture stayed on top of it. It had to be taken out instead of worked in like the pellets. I do have a pan under the waterer so it catches most of the water, that helps too. You'll just have to find the lesser of all evils. Any way you look at it, they are messy little buggers. Good luck!
  2. hearthnsoul

    hearthnsoul Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2009
    Cape Cod
    rubber mat just as slimy as the shelf liner,...although at least I can bring it out and hose off in morning and let dry while they are hanging out.
    I love the astroturf idea,.. Might be worth a shot
  3. GrannySue

    GrannySue Chillin' With My Peeps

    I've only had 4 ducks in the poultry house at once, with 11 chickens. It doesn't get too bad using shavings under the chickens' roost and straw in other places. Ducks like the straw to lay their eggs.
    My rule is no food or drink in the bedroom! So no sloppy messes. They're outside from the time I get up until they go to bed, usually around dusk.
  4. cyndie

    cyndie New Egg

    Apr 28, 2012
    What is DE?
  5. Missy60

    Missy60 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2012
    Southwest Virginia
    Oh so they don't have to have water in their coop?
  6. Hippychick01

    Hippychick01 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 28, 2010
    I use wood shavings in my coop area, but in the outside run that is attached I have pea gravel and this is where I feed and water them. I just spray run area with a hose and it keeps it fairly clean.
  7. wildpeas

    wildpeas Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2012
    Port Orchard, Wa
    Diatomaceous earth
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Once they go in for the night they don't need food and water unless still in brooder.
  9. jessiduck

    jessiduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2012
    New York
    DO NOT use pelleted bedding! It's the worst to clean up and REEKS! Hay is the best for odor reducing and by far easiest to change!
    You can leave them some water in their coop if you feel it is necessary! I'm going to leave food and water for mine--also putting a heat lamp for some heat but mainly for light!
  10. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    I bed with shavings.. straw added in winter for warmth and/or nest boxes.. I am using a bit of hay for the girls at the moment though, i have two broody since I am out of straw for the season. My floor has rubber stalls mats down too. I clean daily, there is food/water in there 24/7... I need a heated bucket still dipping well below freezing.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by