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Best Bedding

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Goldie4322, Jan 30, 2017.

  1. Goldie4322

    Goldie4322 Just Hatched

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    Hi All,
    We currently have 9 ducks...6 Pekin, 2 Rouen, and 1 Khaki Campbell. We have a pond with a aerator and duck house that they normally stay in around the spring, summer and fall months. in the winter they have a hard time with the snow and having a spot to dry off so we keep them in the pole barn and let them out when the weather is nice to go for a swim. They are kept in a 20x15 area with a house for them. Barn is cold but they are out of the elements, we are in northwest Indiana. It's a concrete floor, which i know is hard on their feet, so we typically use and thick layer of straw for bedding. This year we have been going through it like crazy and it has been getting wet terribly fast. Does anyone have any other bedding recommendations, or know what we could put down underneath the straw to help? Especially when the weather is warming up and cooling the concrete sweats terrible which does not help. Just trying to find something that may keep a little longer and don't have to risk the chance of getting moldy. Looking forward to hearing all your suggestions!
     
  2. GOLDENSEABRIGHT

    GOLDENSEABRIGHT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what kind of straw do you use
     
  3. Chicken Bff

    Chicken Bff Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Straw and pine shavings are the best but i was wondering if you might be able to caulk around the outside of the coop to keep water out of it.
     
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Goldie4322 [​IMG] Welcome!

    Sorry, I have no experience with ducks, just chickens. However, you could also try posting your question on the Duck Forum: https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/42/ducks

    I hope you enjoy being a BYC member. There are lots of friendly and very helpful folks here so not only is it overflowing with useful information it is also a great place to make friends and have some fun. Unlike non chicken loving friends, family and colleagues, BYC’ers never tire of stories or pictures that feature our feathered and non feathered friends [​IMG]
     
  5. Chicken Bff

    Chicken Bff Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. Goldie4322

    Goldie4322 Just Hatched

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    It is straw from wheat.
     
  7. Goldie4322

    Goldie4322 Just Hatched

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    Thank you! I am sure we will enjoy it! Lot of very helpful tips!
     
  8. Goldie4322

    Goldie4322 Just Hatched

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    I just put a bag of pine shavings down and did some straw on top of that. Have not tried that yet. Going to see how this holds up.
     
  9. GOLDENSEABRIGHT

    GOLDENSEABRIGHT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Honestly thats probably the best thing to. That is what i do and sometimes when i need straw then and there, i use pine straw bc its free and it works great because it naturally stay together and my birds love it.
     
  10. Goldie4322

    Goldie4322 Just Hatched

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    I may put more shavings down. Had just been using straw because I get my straw for free, but have been going through it quick. Bought 4 bags of shavings to try using with it so I hope it helps! just want to try and keep everything and everyone as dry as I can!
     

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