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Duck question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by RubberChickenLubber, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 3 pekin ducks. Is newpapaper ok to put them on, or is it too slick. Right now I have them on an old handtowel, but it needs to be changed.
     
  2. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say too slick and not very absorbant. Don't know their age,but I put down a layer of shavings and cover with paper towels.
     
  3. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had shavings under the towel, but they dug them out and ate them. So I took all the shavings out, and just put the towel in. Did this last night, and it's filthy already.
     
  4. teddiliza

    teddiliza Chillin' With My Peeps

    For my first week, I used old T shirts that my husband was going to throw out d/t armpit stains. I figured, let them get one last use before I pitch them in the trash.

    Just cut the Tshirt into pieces the size of your brooder floor and pitch when they get yucky, About every other day. I would go out twice a day and remove the dried turds with kleenex when I could. I just used newspaper underneath the Tshirts, and a week later switched them to shavings.

    So far, out of the 4, then 8, then 10 chicks I've bought in the last 30 days they've done just fine. I ran out of T shirts so I switched to paper towels.

    Y'all weren't kidding when you said you'd want more chickens than you thought!

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    Teddi
     
  5. banter

    banter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 3, 2008
    Raymond Maine
    Rip or cut the newspapers in strips. As they move around the paper covers their poops. It's better footing too. We use old towels and just keep washing them.
     
  6. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    I have horses and the plastic woven feed bags that the horse's come it work great. And I have tons of them. So I use one till gets dirty then start witha new.
     
  7. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    I went to the thrift store and bought a couple huge sacks of towels for a few dollars each. These are the Duck Towels for when we have babies or a sick duck in the bathroom. I got enough to cover the whole bathroom floor 3 times. I just toss them in the washer daily and toss them out when they get worn out or just too stained to allow in the house.

    Newspaper is way too slick and even shredded can cause spraddle leg.

    Oh and if you have ducklings, we need PICS! [​IMG]
     
  8. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted pics in another thread, but here they are again

    [​IMG]
     
  9. RubberChickenLubber

    RubberChickenLubber Chillin' With My Peeps

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    BTW Terri, how old are they before you know the sex?
     
  10. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    When they start quacking, I could tell. Sometimes if I happen to have a male and female duckling, I can sometimes tell by the peeping, but not often.
     

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