Come check out my set-up!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by theduckgirl4110, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. theduckgirl4110

    theduckgirl4110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought I would share some pictures of my duckling brooder and my big-duck brooder. So, criticism is welcome if needed. I love this set-up much better than my other one for my other duck.I got a whole bunch of ideas from the duck forum on here and I mushed- them together and got this: Its so clean!!!! My ducklings havn't arrived yet and I know in a matter of an hour it will be filthy. Do you think I should use pine shavings or straw? I don't know yet. For me, both are available all the time. Both are equally easy to clean.Well enjoy the picks and tell me if something isn't right. Thank you.[​IMG]This is the big-duck
    brooder.

    [​IMG]On the bottom of the box is plastic.On top of the plastic is 3 inches of straw. By the feeder and waterer
    there is a little shake of pine shavings for extra absorbancy. The red thing
    under the feed and water is just a Rubbermaid box lid. I have since added a
    layer of pine shavings on the lid, and then put the feed and water on top.

    [​IMG]That feeder and waterer
    isn't for the ducklings, they are for my other adult duck, Tilly who lives in there
    at night. Once the ducklings are 2-3 weeks old or whenever they outgrow their brooder, Tilly will be staying in a much smaller night house.I'm kick'n her out!![​IMG]

    [​IMG]The box is much bigger than it looks. Trust me. You should have seen me and my mom shoving that thing in
    the car![​IMG]We had to "Break it" at one spot, fold it in an unnatural position on its
    self, and try shoving it in the car. It worked! The best part of it all, was it was free!![​IMG]


    [​IMG]Tilly always has jumped out of this box, went by the rabbits, and pooped EVERYWHERE in the basement.[​IMG] So today I got her back. I put deer-no mesh over the top, stretched it, staple gunned it and then put "Tilly" Tape all around the edge. Looks pretty good doesn't it? I thought so.[​IMG]

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    This is the top of the box after the mesh- project was done. Ha Ha Tilly!!!!!No more poop clean up in the morning!!![​IMG]
    [​IMG]This is the duckling brooder.
    The spray bottle over the side, is for making the crumbles moist.On the bottom is a layer of thick newspaper. On top of that is an inch of pine shavings. THEN on TOP of that, is 3-4 inches of straw. All that is to help make the bedding a little drier for the little ones.[​IMG]

    [​IMG]This is the homemade waterer. Thanks Palabeco!It is a 2 liter pop bottle with a rectangler cut hole on the side. I Tilly taped the edges to make it safe for their little heads and eyes. I then took
    stick-on velcro, put one half on next to each other and the other half on the box. I might need to put more velcro on. I think I will.The food will go min a plain heavy-ceramic food dish I pulled out of the drawer.

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    [​IMG]So, how does it all look?
    I don't want to give this to my ducklings!!! I want it to stay clean forever!![​IMG]

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  2. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

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    get rid of the straw/hay it will mold quickly and can cause the ducks to become sick

    pelleted horse stall bedding actually works best for ducks

    you will want a tarp lining the cardboard box as ducks LOVE water andlove making a mess even more. Cardboard + ducks == big mess as they make it wet.
     
  3. Just Wingin It

    Just Wingin It Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree with the box... check the floor regularly to make surs its not leaking mouldy floors arent fun. Dump the straw daily and switch to pine shavings....I lined the shavings thinner and dumped them out once or twice a day hosing out a large plastic tote. I used a pie tin for short playtimes for babies... it was 90-100 degress outside.. no worries for them getting too cold.
     
  4. Just Wingin It

    Just Wingin It Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You sure put a lot of effort into setup, it looks very nice... those will be spoiled duckies
     
  5. cheepylove

    cheepylove Out Of The Brooder

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    Straw doesn't mold, only hay.
     
  6. theduckgirl4110

    theduckgirl4110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will make these changes. Also, I forgot to put a thermometer in the brooder. I have one,just have to stick it in there. Thank you all.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I found I needed to make lots of tweaks and a few big adjustments as we went along. We went through three brooder configurations, and they grew - so fast!

    So you are doing great, it's a process, please keep us in the loop.
     
  8. theduckgirl4110

    theduckgirl4110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I switched to pine shavings. I like them the best. Even in the small brooder. Thank you all! Will keep you updated and lots of pics when they actually arrive!
     
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    [​IMG] your set up looks great, when is arrival day?
     
  10. theduckgirl4110

    theduckgirl4110 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Arrival date is august 21st. I'm getting a cayuga and a welsh harlequin. I've always wanted a WH and I am finally getting one![​IMG]
     

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