I love my ducks, but they are definitely a lot more responsibility that I expected. I know its very common for people to get ducks as an impulse buy. I believed, I was making an informed, responsible decision making my purchase. I did my homework, waited over a month before ordering them, prepared. Continued to learn the entire time they were eggs. What was I thinking buying 30 duck eggs!? I'm sad they didn't all hatch. And I'm sad a few have died. But I have 13 ducklings and it's at least a part-time job, I would argue full-time. I feel a little bit like those very young, uneducated, poor moms that have 3 kids. If they were all around, they would all have a lower quality of life. I would say I'm doing my best, but there's always room for improvement, right? To do better, I want some feedback on a few ideas of mine. If they're good, maybe they'll help others. Also, please share your knowledge! Maybe even secrets or 'outside the box' experiences (the wink face looks scary IMO lol) 1. I read somewhere about the idea of using something as bedding, that is not typically used. I believe it was for another animal but the material properties and major pros. That kind of all I remember, besides all the responses were positive and filled with excitement. What is it? I'm going through bedding at an insane speed, and I'm being cheap about it, and its probably going to increase even more now that they're on week 2. 2. Originally, I thought their first home would last a lot longer. Then there would be 1 to 4(max) upgrades before they were ready to live in the greenhouse. Now, I think its time for upgrade 3 already. I randomly stopped at walmart yesterday to see if any items sparked a creative idea in me. I only found one thing unfortunately, but its perfect! And at a great price They have tons of wooden creates outside. Their dumpster is already filled and overflowing with them, so they started stacking them on the ground This idea came to me from kid toys. Instead of building one solid structure, I could cut the sides and edged into pieces that fit together kind of like a puzzle. A lot of form play mats and plastic structures use this. That way rebuilds and upgrades are a snap. I also have plenty of the same material used for screen doors and decks. I'm not actually sure it'll be worth the work to do this, as opposed to just typical taking apart and putting together. Maybe? But I'm sure the free wood walmart calls trash is gold 3. NeverWet. If you don't know it, google/youtube it. Amazing stuff with countless applications. I haven't used it yet, but I bought some. I haven't figured out yet the best way for the ducks to reap its benefits, but I know they exist. True, super waterproofing nano technology! And its only $9 at tractor supply. *I don't know if there are better prices or how much area a can is good for. Well that's all I've got. I definitely need to know what that other material used as bedding was. I think I remember them also saying "they don't turn it all into sawdust."