duck brooder idea

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FrenchHen, May 15, 2009.

  1. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    I don't have ducks, but we wants them, precious.
    If I built a duck brooder that was floored with hardware cloth and put a tray underneath, would that keep things cleaner and easier to manage? Or must ducks brood on something softer like shavings?
     
  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Hardware cloth can lead to bumble foot if they don't have any shavings. Fortunately some cheap, easy rinsable shelf liner can be put on the hardware cloth and it will work pretty well.

    I made a "double decker" brooder out of some rubbermaid tubs that is effectively what you described.

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    Poo does build up on the shelf liner, but the liquid all falls in to the bedding underneath and you can rinse it off the liner with a pressure nozzle on a hose pretty quickly.
     
  3. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    Excellent. I didn't think changing bedding 3 times a day would work for us.
     
  4. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Whats the feather duster for?
     
  5. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    It simulates a mama ducks bum so the teensies can snuggle under it.
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Yup [​IMG]

    I call the feather duster the "babysitter". It works great if you end up with a solo hatch. I had that happen TWICE. The feather duster and a mirror helped keep my solos from ending up as needy and neurotic messes [​IMG]
     
  7. briarpatchfarms

    briarpatchfarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2008
    Grayson, Ky
    Ill have to try that next time!
     
  8. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

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    Ah another LOTR fan gotta love em. hehehe Okay now that I have snapped the elf out of mind...

    I started with a tote and tonight I moved them into my garden tub [​IMG]

    It looks goofy and I will gets pics for you...I put a strainer over the drainer so the water can go down and nothing else. A shelf liner under the waterer for them to walk in next to it a towel for them to walk across and their feeder then next to that a big ole sheet balled up under the heat lamp for them to sleep on.

    They are doing great and there is very little mess to clean up and everything is not wet. YAY

    I will post pics tomorrow
     

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