beding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mr.mc., Jun 22, 2011.

  1. mr.mc.

    mr.mc. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have my pekins in an old dog pen with smooth gravel. I put wood chips and lime on it 2 or 3 times a week and its not going to well. I need something better. [​IMG]
     
  2. bt03

    bt03 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've never herd of putting lime in the bedding before. Gravel of any kind is usually not good for a ducks feet and can cause bumble foot. Have you tried straw or hay? I personally use wood chips and they don't give me any problems as long as I change it regularly and keep water away from the pen.
     
  3. ben is a terror

    ben is a terror Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've herd sand works well mine are in a shed with pine on the floor
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Something much softer and more absorbent, that you can change out regularly will work better, I expect. This is their bed, after all, yes?

    I have about a foot of wood shavings on the floor of the duck house, then top that with a few inches of straw. I put a little fresh straw on top most mornings, then about every third day pull the straw out, fluff up the shavings, and replace with a small layer of straw.

    What you get is clean, comfortable, healthy, and the used straw goes in the compost or on the garden.
     

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