how to keep pekin ducklings' brooder clean

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by FromChictoChick, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. FromChictoChick

    FromChictoChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going crazy
    I clean the brooder and in five minutes it's disgusting.
    Between the water bowl and poo it's awful.

    Is there a way to keep the brooder clean for at least the day?
    The box with shavings is clean and dry for a nesting area, but everything else got disgusting quick
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  2. jdywntr

    jdywntr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your waterer is way to big. They shouldn't have access to a large bowl at this age as they can chill if they remain wet and that can be dangerous. You basically gave them a swimming pool and duck + water = splashing. See this thread for a better idea https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/426909/non-spill-duckling-waterer

    They don't need a nesting area. Spread out the shavings, that will help with the poop. Fluff it daily, remove any wet spots and add more shavings as needed. Change the waterer and make sure you have the container to catch splashing as described in the link.

    Ducklings are very messy, stinky and gross. Luckily it doesn't last forever.
     
  3. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. I used a chick waterer at first with a clay plant saucer under it. Maintaining a clean duck brooder will require multiple clean-ups daily, while cute they are messy little fellas.
     

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