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Indian runners HELP

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by goldfishcracker, Apr 29, 2017.

  1. goldfishcracker

    goldfishcracker Out Of The Brooder

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    So i have 8 year old indian runner ducklings and they keep foraging through the straw bedding and eating it, is this normal? Will it hurt them?

    I feed them chick starter but they seem to be more interested in the straw..
     
  2. DwayneNLiz

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    so long as it is not moldy its fine, but straw molds VERY quickly and cause botulism
    i would put them on pine shavings and give them an area to range on grass, they love to eats grass, bugs, worms, etc
     
  3. goldfishcracker

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    I just had to gentle pull a 20cm piece of straw out of one of my ducklings beak because it was scared it would choke,i have woodshavings but arent they dangerous. I think my ducklints would definitely try to eat them

    Also i cant put them on grass just yet since its very cold outside and i cant get the heat lamp out there. Thanks :)
     
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    pine shavings dont mold like straw does, it is much safer
    they wont eat much if any

    and take a look at this duck brooder set up so that it doesnt get drenched so quickly

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  5. goldfishcracker

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    alright thank you so much! Ive replaced their coop with pine shavings :) P.s cute ducklings!!
     
  6. DwayneNLiz

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    Great! Pine shavings actually have some sort of an antimicrobial trait
    And not my ducks, they were a friends
     
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    Awh :) is it okay if i put paper towels over the shavings to stop them from eating them? They seem to be eating the paper towels though. Is this dangerous? Thanks :)
     
  8. DwayneNLiz

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    Lol you can, I did for prob the first week, and they'd nibble but not really ingest much
    Same with the shavings, they'll quickly figure out that they aren't food
     

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