Bedding for duckling brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lydia, Jun 9, 2008.

  1. Lydia

    Lydia In the Brooder

    May 21, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I have two cayuga ducklings coming with my Ideal chick order at the end of the month. I know that ducklings are messy and want to hear from you all about which type of bedding works the best for your ducklings while they are in ther brooder. If there is something I should use until they recognize that the bedding isn't edible, let me know what you use initially and then transition to.

    What do you recommend to use for a brooder? I was thinking about making a large crate with some pallet material. I know not to have them on wire because of their feet.


  2. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Songster

    May 23, 2008
    I use straw. Normally their so distracted by the water bowl they don't eat it. [​IMG] I use a shallow plastic container for the water. Don't use wood chips because their poo can make it as slick as if it was newspaper. That leads to leg problems. A create sounds fine, we just use an old plastic tub for easy clean up. Good luck [​IMG]
  3. swampducks

    swampducks Overrun With Guineas

    Feb 29, 2008
    Barton City, MI
    When my broody runner hatched 6 ducklings they were all on straw and didn't seem to have any problems with it. My new one week old muscovies are on straw and seem not to have any problems with it.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I've always used puppy pee pads for the brooder. Helps cut down on some of the wet mess.
  5. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    There is a guy locally that will order a bunch of ducklings each year and sell them. I like the way he had his brooder set up at the store. It was a hardwire(the hardwire cloth with small holes) floor with several inches(2-5) of wood shavings. Everytime I saw the cages they seemed clean every time so it will be a set up I try if I get ducklings.

    Last edited: Jun 9, 2008
  6. sBrickmanHouse

    sBrickmanHouse Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    We used old bath towels.

    We brooded the ducks in our spare bathroom tub, and each day would pull up the soiled towel, hose out the tub, dry it, and put a clean towel in.

    Every few days, we'd do a wash of duck towels, and start all over again.
  7. raindrop

    raindrop Songster

    Feb 10, 2008
    Western Oregon
    I used pine shavings (4-5 inches deep) and covered the shaving with old kitchen towels for the first couple days until they were happily eating food/water. I started with a chick waterer. Once they were about a week old, I used a gallon milk jug with a hole just big enough for their heads as a waterer, this really cut down on the mess. They went outside at 4 weeks, and have been on grass/straw since then.
  8. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    I have a shredder and shredded old newspapers and bills [​IMG]

    (The newspapers tend to make the birds black though from the ink.)
  9. dragonshiner

    dragonshiner Songster

    Mar 20, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    We're keeping our ducklings in a 50 gallon tank with pine shavings for bedding. I do have to go in there every few days to change it out but it's a necessary evil I am willing to live with for their happiness. Once they reach 3-4 weeks though they''l be outside in the barn with the rest of the ducks.
  10. dixygirl

    dixygirl Songster

    May 14, 2008
    Quote:I like this very much. I will try it thank you!

    PS I will remember to put the water container right over the drain because of the slope of the tub, everywhere else should stay dryer that way.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2008

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