Bedding in duck house?

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  1. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom True BYC Addict

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    What bedding do you use? Did you change from one to another before deciding on what works best for your ducks?
    I was planning on pine shavings (floor is painted plywood), but I am not sure this is the best bedding for ducks? It works well for the chickens though. Of course, I am judging it on how it is working in the brooder. But, since I have to clean it out daily to cut down on smells in the building, it seems like it is a waste.
    With the chickens, I clean out coop poos daily and use a modified deep litter in the run. Due to the type of poos ducks deliver it doesn't seem like this sysem will work? Or do I just leave the pine shavings in the duck house and clean out once a week?
     
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    cheezenkwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like pine shavings. I top it with hay in the winter for added warmth. The shavings absorb the liquid of their poo and allow me to spot clean daily, only changing the shavings after a week or so. If you do not want to be cleaning a lot, do not allow them food and water in the house. Mine have a small, covered, attached run where I leave food and water.
     
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    Soon2BChixMom True BYC Addict

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    Oh, right. I am not going to allow the food and water in their house. I didn't even think of that adding to the mess. :thumbsup
     
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  4. CayugaJana

    CayugaJana Chicken Obsessed

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    I’m contemplating switching to sand like @onaharley has. I’ve used pine shavings and straw. It seems to just pile up and smell. But I have their pool in there so it’s always wet.
     
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  5. Ducksandchickens

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    I use straw. Send a picture of the duck house so I can tell you better
     
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    atomic Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use straw. It's cheap and the ducks seem to like it.
     
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  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom True BYC Addict

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    Their water will be outside, so maybe that will make a difference. :confused:
     
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  8. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom True BYC Addict

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    It is still being put together, but it is a repurposed step 2 playhouse. The bottom is a pallet with plywood on top and painted. Here are pics of the pallet/plywood bottom. You can see it in the second pic behind my duckling and his pool. :)
    I can get a screenshot of the playhouse if you like, but currently I only have my "build" photo with one side done - fixing hw cloth to the openings. :D it is a slow process - cutting hw cloth that is, plus the weather is just now cooperating. ;)
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    I would like a screenshot pls. Thank you
     
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    Does it mat at all With ducks? I know people don't seem to like to use it with chickens due to the matting.
     

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