ducklings eating shavings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sandracollins, May 14, 2011.

  1. sandracollins

    sandracollins Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2010
    dublin ireland
    I have nine 10 day old call ducklings,I had them on towels up until now and tonight I tried putting shavings in the cage with them but they started to eat it straight away ,what should I do ,I covered them up for now
  2. coptop89

    coptop89 Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2010
    S.E. Iowa
    I did the exact same thing you did. I took the towels off after just a couple days and they did nibble on the shavings for a few hours but did eventually stop. I had 17 Saxony and Welsh Harlequin so they were bigger ducks but only a few days old so I would assume your 10 day old call ducks will be fine. They are just being curious little ducks...
  3. DurhamDuck

    DurhamDuck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 26, 2011
    Durham, Connecticut
    I've heard some horror stories this season about numerous ducklings dying and they owners suspeced it was the wood shavings. Because of that, I use straw only and they do very well. The straw allows water to filter down and it keeps the ducklings dry with no worries of them eating harmful shavings that might kill them.

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