Bedding

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ebianc89, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. ebianc89

    ebianc89 Just Hatched

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    What does everyone use for bedding in their coops? Right now I am using chopped straw but was wondering what you all use!
     
  2. WiddleChix

    WiddleChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pine shavings :)
     
  3. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A layer of DE or Stall Dry with a thick layer of bark mulch. Stays pretty dry and easy to go thru with a rake once a week and turn over.
     
  4. purslanegarden

    purslanegarden Out Of The Brooder

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    I use straw and whenever I change it out (after a few months), I take the used straw to a compost pile where it sits another 6-12 months before being used as compost.
     
  5. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I stay away from straw in a wet environment just because it gets moldy and the mold spores are bad for the ducks.
     
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  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I use Pine shavings and sprinkle flea and mite killer in the house under the shavings.....Works for me.
     
    Last edited: Aug 18, 2016
  7. ebianc89

    ebianc89 Just Hatched

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    What kind of bark mulch do you use.
     
  8. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought the cheapest mulch Lowes had. Anything but cedar. Make sure it is not the kind with the big wood chunks. Been using it for 2 months now. No smell.
     
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  9. Khasimir

    Khasimir Just Hatched

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    I do the same thing. I use about a 2x4 bale every week and keep layering it. I change out about once every 6 months and compost as well. Luckily, I use converted horse stalls in my barn for my ducks, so I can afford the space to build up a 6-8" based over the course of 6 months.
    No worries about the straw getting wet either, since I store it indoors and ducks don't waste enough water to cause the straw to go moldy.
     
  10. nannychachi

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    I use a thick layer of straw and change it out every Saturday. I rake it all up and then scrape the floor with a square shovel.
     

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