Best Bedding for Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by latb611, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. latb611

    latb611 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have two ducklings about 2 weeks old no feathers yet and they have about tripled in size since we got them. At the time we also got 6 chicks and they have all been in together but I am thinking about separating them soon. The ducks seem to get hotter faster and of course they are making a mess with the water. So now I am looking for some ideas of how to handle the situation. If I separate them from the chicks then what is the best bedding to deal with the water issues? Thanks.
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I suggest a watering station - something that will hold the splash.

    Something like this, perhaps.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

    For bedding I used old towels for two reasons. I was allergic to shavings, and the ducklings ate them.

    Wifezilla used to put that no-skid shelf liner material over sawdust pellets, if I recall correctly. The shelf liner could be lifted, shaken, and washed off and replaced. And it would keep ducklings from eating the pellets.



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    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  3. latb611

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    Thanks for the ideas. The link you put in led me to a thread about a duck with a crooked neck.
     
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    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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