OMG!! ducklings STINK!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by RockyToggRanch, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I've had far too many chicks and brooders inside all winter. The odor never got to be noticeable. I'm not a crazy, clean it everyday kinda person. I used wood pellets and it kept everything sweet [​IMG]

    I have 2 Yes just 2...week old ducklings in with my 5 2 week old d'uccles. The smell has been sickening. The ducks are going into their own brooder tonight, but holy stench that's bad!

    any pointers? Yes, I'll clean it more often, that's a given.
  2. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Songster

    Jan 23, 2009
    Wow, I didn't think it would make a difference
  3. miss_jayne

    miss_jayne Lady_Jayne

    Jun 26, 2008
    Columbiaville, MI
    yes, they have a 'special' kind of stink, don't they!??!

    the best thing is cleaning up and the most space you can give them. good ventilation.

    just keep thinking, "Pretty soon they can go outside!" [​IMG]
  4. Fancie

    Fancie Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    yep found that out too.... If they would drink some of the water instead of just play with it I doubt it would be bad. I have to clean there side of the brooder every other day.... They are in the garage....

    But it got my husband to planning on building me a chicken house [​IMG] [​IMG] He don't want them in the garage anymore.
  5. trinity

    trinity Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Amarillo Texas
    i always kept thing in a huge plastic tote with a light then would have pine in to help..also i put big rocks in the water so they can only drink it not slash it and make the mess bigger.Then about every other day i would..ok dont lol at my hilbillynesssss...

    i would stick them in my bath tub with just about 1/2- inch of water while i took the tote out and sprayed it with the water hose.then start over.they are a mess but wait till to put them in the bathtub omg they are fun.
  6. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Songster

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    This is why I brooded my ducklings from day one outside in a fully insulated coop. [​IMG]
  7. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    Quote:Yeah, it is pretty disgusting. They slosh the water around so they can swallow their food, and it gets everywhere and is really icky!
  8. briana1975

    briana1975 Songster

    Feb 23, 2009
    Carleton Mi.
    We had a full grown duck blow in with a storm once and took up residents with my goat. Before he found his way back home he made the biggest mess in the goat pen and left a terrible smell. And he was only there for maybe 10 days.[​IMG]
  9. Ducklove334

    Ducklove334 Off to another pond

    Nov 4, 2008
    I've always said baby ducks smell like a mixture of raw meat and mud and mayonaise, gotta love it [​IMG]

    baby ducks themselves smell absolutely adorable
  10. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Songster

    Dec 30, 2008
    Quote:I am in complete agreement. I had my 83 + chicks in my laundry room and there was very little smell (comparitively I guess). I moved the chicks to a different building/brooder this monday and moved my 6 goslings (from Ideal a week old today) and 7 ducklings (also a week old from Ideal) - a total of 13 to the same brooder I had the chicks in... and oh my gosh they stink! I completely change out the pine chips every day. I also use a metal 2 gallon waterer... and what a mess! I finally discovered I could use the plastic lid (turned upside down) from a plastic rubbermaid type tub/storage container to catch the majority of the water and gunk as they mess with their water. It cut down on the wettness and some of the smell today.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2009

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