How do you rid of your bedding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nickolemarie7, May 2, 2016.

  1. nickolemarie7

    nickolemarie7 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've looked through other threads and can't seem to find a clear cut answer. I have three little duckling(starting to get in tail feathers and have faint little quacks*tear* growing too quick for my liking haha) and am curious how you rid of your old bedding. Right now I still have them in the brooder waiting for 2 weeks of rain and chill to pass so im changing it daily. I know you can compost it but I don't want flies filling up my yard and ticks making it their home (I live on the river so bugs are bad in the rainy season). I know ducks are also high nitrogen so putting it directly in flower beds will burn the flowers or cause overgrowing in green bush with no flowering..is it possible to just wash the bedding out with a hose and then pile it or put it straight in garden after washing a little? Anyone have any experience putting it straight into your flower gardens?
     
  2. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, no. I do compost it though, and can't say I notice any more bugs or flies (I live on the edge of a stream, that feeds a wooded swamp so I'm not sure I would notice!)

    I do seem to recall that pine shavings have some nutrient sucking aspect to their decomposition process but this is limited if you use it as mulch and not a soil amendment.
     
  3. nickolemarie7

    nickolemarie7 Out Of The Brooder

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    Right now I'm just using straw until they are out of the brooder and im not cleaning as often (went through my shavings in a matter of days) I'm not really looking to use it as a fertilizer, more or so just as a top mulch right now because I already mixed compost into the beds. Didn't know if they were so super high in nitrogen that it will kill everything. All the gardeners I've talked to have pretty much said it's like a nuclear bomb on gardens if put directly into the bed but none of them have ducks and have gone by word of mouth so I don't quite trust the exaggeration
     
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  4. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I know that uncomposted duck manure isn't nearly as bad as uncomposted chicken manure, but it's still a little more hot than many would risk.
     
  5. Duck Drover

    Duck Drover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use shelf liner in the brooder tubs so the whole tub can be taken outside and hosed wherever I want the compost but I usually use it for trees and bushes after transplanting. It is a quick easy clean-up and I get to use the fertilizer instead of having a smelly soaked bedding mess to deal with and attract flies. Everything liquifies and soaks right into the soil with no mess.
     

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