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Question about Bedding for Ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CK Chickadilly, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I have 2 snowy mallards that are 1 week old. They are in a smallish rubbermaid tub by my office desk & I have placed newspaper on the bottom & then paper towel on the top for convenience of cleaning.

    Anyway, what I notice is that when they get the paper towel wet, they start trying to tear pieces of it off, like they are playing with it.

    I haven't seen them eat it but it worries me. I really don't want to use the pine shavings in the house.... is there anything elses I could use that would be easy to clean that is safe for them?
    Thanks!
     

  2. Yes baby ducks are soo messy but so preious as well.
    I use woodchips in my brooder boxes.Some people i have heard of using straw in them as well.
    Hope that helps some.

    Fay
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use puppy pee pads for both my ducklings and chicks. Really helps cut down on the wet mess.
     
  4. Thats one great idea Katy , very smart ! may have to try that one.
    Thanks
     
  5. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:It is not to messy or wet yet, I am just worried about them eating wet paper towel. Don't they try to tear of pieces of the puppy pads?

    I have straw & pine shavings but was hoping not to use those until I put them outside in the brooder in the barn under lights, cause they are dusty.

    What about using that sticky rubbery shelf liner even though I would have to wash it, I wonder if they would try to eat that too, I know little LuLu loves to nibble my fingers I don't know if she is being curious or what [​IMG] or if she would try eating the shelf liner [​IMG]
     
  6. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    sand
     
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Songster

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Quote:Yeah, great idea! I have some too! [​IMG]
     

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