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Help with brooding ducklings???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Amy1444, Jul 12, 2010.

  1. Amy1444

    Amy1444 In the Brooder

    Jan 18, 2010
    I picked up 3 ducklings at my local agway 3wks ago. The girl told me to use pine pellets as bedding... i have them in a plastic dog crate and the pine pellets are so gross they turn to mush in minutes. I can't seem to keep the crate dry, I have had to take it apart and hose it out daily. Can anyone suggest a better bedding to use or share pics of your set-up. I was contemplating a large rubbermaid tote and hay???? Their outdoor pen will not be ready until the weekend, unless I could put them in the chicken coop until then, I am scared they will get pecked...poor duckies are making such a mess with the water they are wet too [​IMG]
  2. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Songster

    Dec 21, 2009
    When i had my duckies i just used a hay bedding with newspaper underneath so i could just lift the whole thing out and bin it. Good bedding, but i still cleaned them out daily, if not twice a day. I dont think you can avoid that with your average messy duckling. [​IMG]
    And i always had to change their water since they'd sit in it all the time and splash it everywhere lol.

    I've seen some nice little water set ups, like a little hand made water feeder using a bottle and lid, only being big enough to stick a beak in, not the whole duckling and mess. That'd help [​IMG]

    Oh and the ducklings my duck had with the chooks... the duckies treated the chooks as second-mothers, running under their feet ect. But the chooks never gave them a second glance. They were born with the chooks in the same pen, so I'm not sure if its a normal reaction to ducklings or not.

    Anyway, good luck [​IMG]
  3. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I use a thick layer of wood shavings. But the reality with ducklings is that they are incredibly messy, and you'll end up cleaning up after them a couple times a day no matter what bedding you choose.
  4. percyj

    percyj Songster

    Jun 20, 2010
    I just used 3 thick towels;) it worked gr8 just shake the poops off wash the towel and put it back!

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