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brooder ground?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 688peterl, Oct 4, 2009.

  1. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    what can i use on the ground of the brooder? i was gonna use wood shavings then i found out that the ducklings can eat wood shavings and it is dangerous so what else can i use? i also found out that i shouldnt use a flat surface for some reason
  2. BooneHillbilly

    BooneHillbilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2009
    West Virginia
    I would say hay or paper towles
  3. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Flat surface is fine, but you don't want it to be smooth, because if the chicks can't get a good grip they can injure themselves. You can use wood chips just fine. For the first day or two, I put a towel down over the top to keep them from pecking at the wood chips, and because it seems like it would feel better on their newborn feet. You can also use straw, or any number of other things. But don't use newspaper--too smooth!
  4. Willowbrook

    Willowbrook Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    western PA
    The mesh shelf/drawer liner that you buy in rolls works great for a sound footing. It's washable so it cleans up well, too.

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