Concern for splay leg in ducklings hatched by broody.

tjo804

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First WANDA my Muscovy hen is not my biggest fan.

Her first egg hatched last night.
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Her brooder is basically an old plastic dog house with hay that leads into a safe dog kennel with a ramp.

MY CONCERN / QUESTION IS...
When I checked on her this morning I noticed she had dug down in the hay and duckling is on plastic floor. I am wondering if I should. Put some type of less slippery bottom under the hay and if so what may be the best if she continues to move things around? I. Am in Texas but it is getting cold I think carpet may hold too much moisture if she bathes but I think if I use rubbery shelf liner she may pull it up and the ducklings could get stuck in it. Maybe a welcome rug that is more plastic than rug?

Any ideas how to keep the ducklings from slipping or damaging tender legs?

Maybe a piece of oSb board?
 

casportpony

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I kind of like your suggestion of the welcome mat, the type that are like a thin carpet on top and plastic/rubber on the bottom.
 

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