Bedding

Jackanddianesmom

In the Brooder
Dec 3, 2019
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Hi! More questions from me, I had chopped straw bedding, that they were eating, and the vet pulled pieces out of their throat. So she suggested using pine bedding. We got the pine shreds bedding (larger pieces) and they are still eating it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bedding our ducks wont eat? Or how to make them stop eating whatever bedding is in there?
 

johntfs

Songster
Dec 1, 2019
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Jackson, Tennessee
Hi! More questions from me, I had chopped straw bedding, that they were eating, and the vet pulled pieces out of their throat. So she suggested using pine bedding. We got the pine shreds bedding (larger pieces) and they are still eating it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bedding our ducks wont eat? Or how to make them stop eating whatever bedding is in there?
It's not like there's much in the way of "Duck Obedience Training." I'd suggest just asking your vet what bedding won't hurt your ducks when they inevitably eat it.
 

CoriM

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Jun 6, 2019
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Hi! More questions from me, I had chopped straw bedding, that they were eating, and the vet pulled pieces out of their throat. So she suggested using pine bedding. We got the pine shreds bedding (larger pieces) and they are still eating it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bedding our ducks wont eat? Or how to make them stop eating whatever bedding is in there?
Sorry, that is so frustrating!! How old are they? I kept my ducklings on towels until they were a couple months old - yes, I was washing a lot of towels! I transitioned them to regular straw after that and they don't eat it - the pieces are pretty long and I don't think it would be possible. Hope you find a solution!
 

CindyinSD

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Aug 3, 2018
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You’ve got baby ducks in December. May I assume you’re in the south? I had mine on grass in a chicken tractor once they got big enough to go outside. Could you find a way to put them on grass?
 

Shezadandy

Crowing
Sep 26, 2015
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I don't have ducks, but the compressed pine pellets dissolve into little tiny pieces, so I imagine even if they do manage to swallow one, it should dissolve easily inside.
 

johntfs

Songster
Dec 1, 2019
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Jackson, Tennessee
Hi! More questions from me, I had chopped straw bedding, that they were eating, and the vet pulled pieces out of their throat. So she suggested using pine bedding. We got the pine shreds bedding (larger pieces) and they are still eating it. Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bedding our ducks wont eat? Or how to make them stop eating whatever bedding is in there?
Me again. Sorry, I was thinking you had full-sized ducks. With ducklings you might want to try Puppy pads.
 

Miss Lydia

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Puppy pee pads or towels over bedding until at least 2-3 weeks old. Are you keeping food and water down 24/7 ? Usually once they know what food is they stop nibbling and eating other things. I wouldn't use pellets with very young ducklings, if they were to eat a lot they could get impacted with that stuff turning to saw dust.
 

Runner duck mom

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Nov 15, 2017
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We use towels too and it works well, but yes a lot of laundry. Just make sure there are no loose strings on any they can pull off and eat.
We just shake all the poo off the dirty towels into the garden before putting in the wash.
You can get some at Goodwill cheap if you don't want to ruin your nice towels :)
 
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