How often do you change bedding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by nettie, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I'm trying out wood pellets on the bottom, shavings on the top for the first time. I just built my duckies a new pen. They've been in it for a week now. There's only two ducks in it right now.

    I was wondering how often should i change out the bedding? It doesn't smell at all, and i put a new layer of shavings on when it needs it. Is there a point where i should change it out even if it doesn't smell? Like for germs? (As a reminder, this is in my house, so smell and cleanliness are important).

    It doesn't get wet or get food in it. I designed it so water and feed would fall through a metal mesh in the floor to a kitty litter pan below that can be changed often without getting food or water in the bedding. That so far is working great. I kept the water and feed far enough away so they don't get water in the food. All i have to do is shake the pan a little to make the shavings that fell in come to the top, scoop them out, then pour the food back in their bowl.

    So, strickly shavings/pellets with only poop in it, how often should i change it (even if it doesn't smell?)

    You can see then pen/plans in this thread:

  2. Mojo Chick'n

    Mojo Chick'n Empress of Chickenville

    Heya -

    Well, I would probably change it at least once a month, as long as it isn't getting wet.

    I just had to put my baby ducks out in the coop this morning - because I had a problem with the bedding getting wet - and I was changing bedding multiple times a day and it still didn't help - so being dry is a BIG help for you [​IMG] .

    I had my (21) ducklings in two small pens in the house, and one had the pellets (in a playpen), but they would get wet from the water bowl. The other was on wire cage (had a puppy pad for them to stand/sleep on to get off the wire) and a tray under it, which would get water in it, and then food - cause they'd toss food in there. Here's a tip for you all - Wet Chick Starter Smells to High Heaven!!!! woooooeeeee!!!

    Hubby and I totally cleaned their pens last night at about 10 o'clock - this morning it smelled just as bad as it had before we cleaned them.
    That is when I decided that empty coop needed some tenants.

    Anyway .... [​IMG] .....

    I guess I would play it by ear - check to see how much Poo is in there, and if it isn't bad (and not smelling) then leave it for over a month, if you think it looks ok.

    If the pellets I had hadn't gotten wet, they'd probably still be ok. Of course, I only had these guys inside for two weeks, but I had quite a few more than you had [​IMG] .

  3. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    Once a month do or die.

  4. I change the bedding every 3 weeks... partly due to generally increased yuckiness, and partly due to the happiness the birds show with new, fresh shavings and straw.

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