bedding material for duckling!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kstes347, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. kstes347

    kstes347 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    Grass Valley, CA

    I'm new to raising ducks and I want to do it right! For now, my little guy (or possibly girl now that some feathers are showing up) is growing up in a Southern California apartment with a big back patio and pesky neighbors but will be moving up to Northern California in 2 months. Harvey is ready to spend his daytime hours outdoors and I'm constructing a temporary coop/cage for him/her on the back patio. I know I need to include all the important elements such as swimming water, drinking/eating water, shade and predator protection. I bought a giant bag of Pine bedding... is that ok for ducks? The one time I tried it in his cage, he spent the whole day trying to eat it! But I figured he would get used to it. Any suggestions for bedding/ will the Pine be ok?

    I appreciate any tips or advice!
  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    That is fine bedding, but will get wet and need cleaning and replacing. I would build a wire bottom (welded wire/hardware cloth). Until the duckling is fully feathered I would leave swimming water unsupervised as they can tire,chill and drown.
  3. BarredBuff

    BarredBuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 6, 2009

    Pineshabings will work but they are so MESSY!
  4. kstes347

    kstes347 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 28, 2011
    Grass Valley, CA
    Ok thank you! Do you have any suggestions for what would be best to use instead?
  5. Kschwartz

    Kschwartz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Straw and hay would be fine also! I actually just picked up a bay of hay for the first time ever today after switching from pine shavings, only $4.95 . If you are concerned about your ducklings trying to eat pine shavings, I would recommend hay/straw.
  6. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I use Equine Fresh pine pellets. Way less disgusting than shavings. I get them at TSC.

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