duckling question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by smpezzi, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. smpezzi

    smpezzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are getting some ducks next week and I have been checking double checking and making myself lists but it just dawned on me I do have one qustion I haven't found an answer to yet- When they go into the brooder, should I put papertowel down at first like I do for chicks or can they go right on shavings? Hints suggestions advice welcome

    TIA
     
  2. karanleaf

    karanleaf Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2008
    Glenwood, Missouri
    If it were me smpezzi I would go with the paper towel for a bit then to the shavings.
     
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My ducklings went right onto shavings without a problem. It's up to you though, people do it both ways.
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    I set up my brooder with a small cardboard box with shavings, and the rest of the brooder had towels and rubber placemats.

    Here's a pic
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  5. naturemom

    naturemom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oooooh!
    So does that mean you aren't changing soaking wet shavings all day long? I think I need to try that!
     
  6. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Quote:Yep - they make everything else wet! [​IMG]

    I did buy four utility mats a little later - and overlapped two at a time in there to cover the floor - while those two were being used, the other two were hosed off - a put a squirt of dishwashing liquid if needed, and left them out on the deck to dry.... kept switching like that. (the utility mats were $2 each at walmart)
     
  7. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

    Apr 1, 2008
    The Sticks, Vermont
    They make a mess of everything. You have been warned
     
  8. smpezzi

    smpezzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the warning- hubby is determined to have ducks if I have chickens LOL so I have chickens so he is getting ducks- of course I will be the one taking care of them but it will be worth it [​IMG]
     
  9. smpezzi

    smpezzi Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the help everyone [​IMG] You guys are the greatest!
     
  10. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2007
    kemp texas
    they are really really messy
     

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