Bedding for Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sowellj, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    I know you shouldn't use shavings for newborn ducklings but is there an age you can start using them. I am using underpads (like used in the hospital) but they are messing them up very fast.
     
  2. eggybritches

    eggybritches Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw for my ducklings and that works pretty great for me.
     
  3. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    I wouldnt use shavings for ducklings. I have see ducklings root around in the shavings with their beaks, scratch their eyes, and then get infections.
     
  4. JStark

    JStark Out Of The Brooder

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    My three grew up on chopped straw for the first week or two, and then just regular straw. By 'chopped', I mean that I would grab a handful and tear them in half or thirds. That way, they don't slip around so much. After a couple of weeks, though, just regular straw works fine.

    Pads are too expensive for me.
     
  5. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    I just kept mine on shelf liner. I had a few pieces cut so I could swap them out. It's extremely easy to wash them out and they dry quickly.
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Shelf liner when really young. Pine shavings after about 3 weeks. Click on my double decker brooder link to see how that works [​IMG]
     
  7. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i thought shavings were OK? im planning on using shavings, i have cheese cloth to put over the shavings to stop the ducks from eating them
     
  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you are covering it that should be just fine. Just make sure they can't get tangled in the cheesecloth.
     
  9. sowellj

    sowellj Out Of The Brooder

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    I have hay. Would that work instead of straw?
     
  10. txredneckmedic

    txredneckmedic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just used hay each time
     

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