Ducklings eating the cardboard!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JStark, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. JStark

    JStark Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of my ducklings have taken to eating the cardboard edging their brooder. Should I be overly worried? How can I stop them? I can't tape it or cover it in plastic, as I have a sneaky suspicion that would be far, far worse.
     
  2. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    They must need fiber in their diet! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Sorry I could not help myself. I don't have an answer for ya!
     
  3. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    we had Indian Runners do that last year, we had them in a kiddie pool and when they got big enough to jump out I got the bright idea to put cardboard around it to keep them in. They had a fun time eating it. I ended up using hardware cloth to keep them in. The cardboard they ate didn't seem to slow them down at all but I'm sure it wasn't good for them.

    Steve in NC
     
  4. tonini3059

    tonini3059 [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG]Luv

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    mine always pick at the cardboard and eat it..I have never lost a duck so yours should be fine. It keeps them busy.
     
  5. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    i wouldn't worry... mine have eaten cardboard many many many times... One time we had to pull a corugated piece out from the roof my Victor's mouth. Considering the other weird things i've seen them eat, i would not worry about cardboard that much. lol.
     
  6. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    also, if you get them a toy, like something that jingles (like a parrot toy from a pet store, the kinds that DON'T have the calcium block things on them), it'll help keep them busy. I got them the kind that's four small balls that have bells inside of them.... I can hear them jingling every morning....
     
  7. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I never thought to give them toys. Zeus has some cat toys he isn't playing with I could try on Uno. I always just throw a bug or worm in the brooder [​IMG]
     
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  8. barnwife

    barnwife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just stole my sun conures' bell-ball that she throws relentlessly ...and the geese love it!! the ducks are not sure of it...but the geese are having...a ball!!!

    TRY THIS! Thye really do like it...I figured it was another kooky thing to try that hubby would laugh at me for...
     
  9. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

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    Quote:I never thought about bugs! lol... Though i'm not too keen on bringing bugs in my house... knowing us, we'd accidentally let them loose all over the house and my dum dums would run scared of them. lol
     
  10. JStark

    JStark Out Of The Brooder

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    I will definitely be buying a toy today.

    I have a feeling my eggs are going to be brown, corrugated, and easily shipped.
     

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