Hay vs. Shavings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sanchabird, Mar 8, 2014.

  1. sanchabird

    sanchabird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi! Is hay or shavings better for ducklings?
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have never used hay but I did use straw a long time ago, does not absorb at all very nasty, I vote for shavings. but the flake only because ducklings are apt to eat just about anything for the first week or so, so i would rec. shavings with clean old towels over top for at least 1st week. towels can be taken out side shaken off washed and reused. and [​IMG]
    if getting ducklings for the first time here is alot of good info.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
     
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2014
  3. KuroKitsune

    KuroKitsune Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hay will mold very fast once wet and ducks are very wet and messy so i wouldn't use hay. i use shavings for all my chicks and ducklings and they work well
     
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I would skip the hay too lol shavings will be the most economical and readily available.
     
  5. sanchabird

    sanchabird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks everyone, I think I :)will use shavings:)
     
  6. duckluck

    duckluck Dulcimyrh Ducks

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    Highly recommend the McFeeter's brand of shavings if you can find a store here in the US that carries them. I use this for my Calls and my horses all the time...very flaky and as dust-free as you can get without buying the tiny bags of super-expensive small animal shavings sold in a pet store. I buy the McFeeter's by the pallet and save money on them that way.
     

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