Is cat litter suitable for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Sadiew, Jun 10, 2011.

  1. Sadiew

    Sadiew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi I am rearing two baby ducklings at home until they are old enough to go in outside run but finding straw in box is hard to clean out without totally emptying it out completely at least twice a day and wondered if I could use cat litter as I have a lot of that for my cat and could scoop that out easier, what do you guys think?
     
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

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    No, they will eat it and it can ball up inside them and cause lots of problems. I would use pine shavings.
     
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used towels until they were old enough to move out into their duck house on the deck from the large wire dog kennel I had sitting up on the patio.
    1 towel would do the day for about 1.5-2 weeks. Then I found they needed a new towel in the morning. I would put them on the deck during the day, otherwise they'd have need 2-3 towels a day.
     
  4. Sadiew

    Sadiew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you both for replies, I did use towels but they were going through them too quick, hence straw but will try and get shavings instead and try that.. thanks again.
     
  5. DuckiesAndBees

    DuckiesAndBees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I go to a thrift store by my house that sells big bags of fabric for $2 a bag. I use this as bedding in a plastic kiddie pool for my brooder. It works well and I just throw away the fabric when it gets messy.
     
  6. Sadiew

    Sadiew Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats a great idea DuckiesAndBees and you made me laugh about your boyfriend [​IMG]
     
  7. DuckiesAndBees

    DuckiesAndBees Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, you know a guy loves you when he changes the water in the duck pool on his day off [​IMG]
    I just got 2 more ducklings and he asked if they would be his friends because with 5 ducks and 3 beehives we aren't going to have time for real friends... [​IMG]
     
  8. tgperg

    tgperg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yeah, you know a guy loves you when he changes the water in the duck pool on his day off [​IMG]
    I just got 2 more ducklings and he asked if they would be his friends because with 5 ducks and 3 beehives we aren't going to have time for real friends... [​IMG]

    LOL! That's hilarious!!!! We don't have time for real friends either. I'm a hive behind you unless I end up doing a split on my top bar this weekend! [​IMG]

    Traci
     
  9. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use puppy pee-pads. They come in a 4 pack at the Dollar Tree.
     
  10. DuckyMom

    DuckyMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like using hay. It is less absorbant than straw but ducklings need thier brooders changed so often that it hardly makes a diffrence. Once they move outside to the big pens I use hay. It definatley smells nicer and it is a bit finer. (It just looks more comfortable.[​IMG])
    For a while I put down woven rugs that I found on clearence for 99 cents a peice. I bought ten and would hose down the dirty ones and hang them to dry.
    I use the hay now because its just much easier to clean up, especially during the winter and on rainy days.

    Emily
     

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