I want ducks!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by happymorrows, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. happymorrows

    happymorrows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anconas to be exact. Does anyone have any references on raising and caring for ducks that are particularly good, books, websites, etc?? Thanks!
     
  2. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are lots of threads on this site you should take a look at. Also, be aware, they are VERY messy!
     
  3. happymorrows

    happymorrows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you mean by messy? Poop? Mud? Are ducks particularly messy compared to other fowl? I haven't really met a farm animal yet that wasn't messy in one way or another.
     
  4. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They spill water all over the coop, and their poop is always runny.
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    This keeps the bedding much much drier. I spot pick poops and the bedding right around it. The only unpleasant smell is right after someone makes an eye-burner, which is not often. This watering station is used by ten ducks.

    I clean and refill the pot once a day (this is for their overnight shelter). I scrape the poopy top off the sawdust once a day, and refill sawdust as needed. Takes maybe five minutes a day.
     
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  6. happymorrows

    happymorrows Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is that cat litter in the bottom? Good idea!
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Better than that - compressed sawdust pellets (c:
     
  8. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do the ducks eat the pellets?
     
  9. Amiga

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    As adults they have not tried to eat the pellets. As ducklings they tried to eat shavings so I kept them on old towels for bedding.
     
  10. TheReadyBoys

    TheReadyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, I may try that.
     

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