I've had my ducklings for a week now. I would say they were 2-3 days old (at least, they were a head taller than the chicks) when I got them. I've been keeping them on towels on top of newspaper, but the sopping, stinky towels was more than I could take. I used straw for bedding in their brooder/tote for a little bit, but it didn't do anything to soak up all the water they string all over. So, I finally broke down and put pine shavings in their tote, on top of newspaper. I figured everything would be fine because they already knew where their food was. Not so! They are total garbage guts and the first thing they started doing was eating the shavings. Are they going to be okay? I noticed later in the evening that they also ate their food and then they settled down. Was it just that the shavings were new and fun to play in? I was more worried about the chicks - I put shavings in their tote too - but they were perfectly well behaved ladies and went right for their food, ignoring the shavings. I'm getting really attached to my little ducks (even though they are messy little buggers!) and would hate to have anything happen to them. Any advice is appreciated!