Duckling brooder tips please!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by hwyaden ty, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. hwyaden ty

    hwyaden ty Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 3 Welsh harlequin ducklings 7-8 days old. They are very messy in their brooder (as expected!!). I just wondered if anyone had any tips as to what may keep it slightly dryer / cleaner in there. I'm cleaning them out twice a day and happy to do this - just wondered if there was a particular bedding or feeders etc anything to keep it slightly dryer / cleaner in between cleans. They have another couple of weeks before going out!
     
  2. Virus

    Virus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What some people do is cut out part of a plastic container so the ducklings can get it side ad put their food and water in that. Leave a lip so that anything that spills will stay in. This helps keep them from getting their water everywhere.
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if you can get control of the water, you will be good to go.

    There are lots of threads in the forum that show different options.
    You can use a food storage container thing and cut a hole in the top to get their head in, but keep their body out.
    You can put whatever you use for a waterer on top of of a cake pan with a rack over it which will keep the water contained.
     
  4. jenny4749

    jenny4749 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm very much a novice but for water Im using a mini bread tin(disposable) and put rocks in in so they can't dump it nor can they really get wet. It's not a perfect solution but it's better than the red waterer I bought from TSC.
     
  5. hwyaden ty

    hwyaden ty Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. Do you mean a baking tin? Any pics welcome. Will also look at the other threads as you suggest. Cheers!
     
  6. jenny4749

    jenny4749 Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes a baking tin. I used the diet mt dew pic as a size comparison [​IMG]
     
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  7. hwyaden ty

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    Ah yes, I see. Worth a try, anythings got to be better than how it is now! Thank you :)
     
  8. TimCline

    TimCline Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put mine in a wire rabbit hutch instead of a normal brooder. I put pine shavings everywhere except around the water where I put straw. That way spilled water hits the ground. Problem solved lol.
     
  9. HennyPenny2

    HennyPenny2 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I made this one using a lasagna tray with hardware cloth wrapped over it a scrap 2x4 in the middle and stapled the hardware cloth to it for stability. Keeps the bedding nice and dry. [​IMG]
     

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