my ducklings are eating there bedding newspaper is that ok ????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Daniel_2kaii9, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Daniel_2kaii9

    Daniel_2kaii9 Songster

    Jun 16, 2009
    South Wales
    hey, my ducklings are eating there newspaper bedding is this ok or can it kill them ????

    only answer if u really know or have had this problem pleasee


  2. bock

    bock Songster

    Oct 10, 2008
    Northern CA
    Well you are not getting any replies because you said, ''only answer if u really know or have had this problem''. Well, I have never had this problem, because my ducks, chickens, and geese only use good quality bedding. I do have the common sense, however, to know that is BAD! Either cover the bedding with paper towels or buy wood chips. Their my advice, take it or leave it.
  3. love_a_duck

    love_a_duck Songster

    May 26, 2010
    Waterford, Michigan
    Quote:yeah, daniel, i agree with bock. read your question this morning, and figured you want expert advice without any of the niceties.
    this is not the first time you have seemed to demand a correct response.
    it seems arrogant and rude.
    sorry if i am misinterpreting your intent or there is a language barrier of some sort.

  4. easttxchick

    easttxchick Lone Star Call Ducks

    Aug 3, 2009
    I have never had this problem either because I don't put ducklings on newspaper-it can cause splay leg.
    Try putting them on paper towels to prevent their feet slipping.
  5. 333dawn333

    333dawn333 Hatching

    Apr 12, 2013
    I have my ducklings on sand with paper towels over top........ they eat the paper towels also!!! I don't use newspaper (ink ???--- no good) They are happy and healthy and I have them on waterfowl feed from Mazuri's and other things like grit and some veggies .... but they really like that paper towel :)
  6. ducklover87

    ducklover87 Songster

    Aug 7, 2012
    X100 not only is it bad for them to eat but like this poster said it can cause splay leg which is very bad for your ducks. They shouldn't be on any type of slippery material for this reason. I've had great success with pine shavings from TSC. I brooded all my 19 ducks on it and still use it in their house now too. Ducklings will eat any kind of bedding you put in their if they are hungry. Some ducklings need to be shown their food and water and others just pick up on it by themselves. Making sure to dip all their beaks in the food and water will help with this however they will still nibble on everything to see if its edible.

    ETA: think of human babies they pick up everything they can and where does it go directly in their mouth. They are just being curious and trying to figure out what everything is.
    Last edited: May 14, 2013
  7. seashoreduck

    seashoreduck Songster

    May 6, 2013
    I have older ducks (a month old) they eat anything within mouthing distance....they tend to grab and then spit non food items. I'm not to worried about splayed leg as they don't seem to be slipping on the newspaper.

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