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do i need bedding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Deleon98, May 15, 2016.

  1. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a literal dirt floor for the ducks but i was wondering if i need to put shavings or something down.
     
  2. 0wen

    0wen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could likely dry rake the dirt floor in the coop/run to keep it clean if you're opposed to some sort of ground covering. I don't keep ducks, but imagine they'd need some sort of organic material somewhere to at least bed down in though..
     
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  3. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm not rlly opposed to it just wondering if it was necessary ig I'll put something down
     
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No. You don't need it.
    Mine are on a wood floor and having bedding in a next box. And even then they take it out of the box and get rid of it lol
     
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  5. jrleek

    jrleek Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't quite have my ducks yet, so I can't speak to their specific needs, but I have had chickens for quite a while.

    The main problem with having chickens on plain dirt was just that the poop got kinda stinky. The main purpose of bedding, as far as I can tell, to cut the smell and make things easy to clean up. (Bedding is often referred to as "carbon" against the poop's "nitrogen," AKA ammonia. This terminology comes from composting, where you need to have both to have an effective compost pile. You can tell you don't have enough carbon if the compost stinks.)

    However, as a total cheapskate I hated to pay for bedding. After some experimentation (newspaper, tree mulch, etc.) I found out that I can get coffee grounds for free from Starbucks. My local starbucks fills a 5 gallon bucket full of coffee grounds every day. So I leave 2 buckets and pick them up every other day. The coffee grounds do a great job of keeping the smell down, then I can just shovel them into the compost bin. I get a fresh smelling coop, and top notch compost very quickly. I assume this will work at least as well for ducks and their watery poops.
     
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  6. wamtazlady

    wamtazlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The problem with ducks and dirt is together they equal mud. I've only had ducks for 2 weeks now. It's unbelievable how much water they play with each day. If I didn't have bedding down to absorb that water there would be a huge mess in there. As it is the bedding where they sleep needs topped off every couple days to keep a nice dry area for them.
     
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  7. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have good success watering the poop into the ground for the worms. The worst stink is having wet shavings because they take so long to break down. Chicken poop needs to be composted and aged because it is so hot and does not break down as easily as duck poop. The duck poop can be diluted with water and used as instant fertilizer.
     
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  8. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for all the information. I dont leave food or water in the coop at night for the ducks (I hope that'd not a problem) so I don't have a problem with much mess or mud. I let let them out early in the morning around 6 during weekdays and 7 weekends. And I love how you use coffee grounds btw that's very interesting XD
     
  9. Deleon98

    Deleon98 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Watering the poop is an excellent idea too. At first it sounds counter productive but if they are running around all day then it should dry on time
     
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  10. Wobbles

    Wobbles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    For me bare ground is super hard to clean. I try to rake the poop up but it is nearly impossible! I would suggest to get sand at least, that is my goal this year. Otherwise I sit out there with the hose and spray the dirt down...it works ok but I feel it is never truly clean lol. I've done woodchips outside too but we are surrounded by lakes and it is super windy here ofen so they end up all over the yard and that drives me crazy!
     
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