What bedding is best for ducks?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by emsbems36, Jun 4, 2011.

  1. emsbems36

    emsbems36 New Egg

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    I am hoping to get two pet ducks sometime in the next few months and become a first time duck owner. Because I have no experience, I need advice on what to use as duck bedding! I am looking for something that does not require extensive cleaning every day. I have done lots of research and I am leaning towards pine pellets. Any thoughts or suggestions?
     
  2. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

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    I use the pine shavings. They don't seem to want to eat the large shavings as they do the smaller stuff. Ducks are messy, no matter what your use. [​IMG]
     
  3. rainy day ducks

    rainy day ducks Out Of The Brooder

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    I have tried many different kinds of bedding and have found pine shavings to be the easiest. They keep the house cleaner than straw. It's my top choice.
     
  4. Birdcrazy

    Birdcrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've used rags for when they are newly hatched and pine shavings etc
    But some relatives of mine work in an office and shred their paper/news paper daily, and just bring that home to use for their ducklings
     
  5. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings....the large kind. My ducks enjoy nestling in it. Ducks are pretty messy regardless of their environment, so cleaning up just comes with the territory I think. But the ducks are such fun charaters that they make it worth it. [​IMG]
     
  6. emsbems36

    emsbems36 New Egg

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    For those of you recommending pine shavings, have your ducks tried to eat them? I'm worried about the choking hazard.
     
  7. fifenashia

    fifenashia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use pine shavings, my duckling does try to eat them at times but she spits them out pretty quick. They aren't very tasty I imagine. [​IMG]
     
  8. GosfieldAcres

    GosfieldAcres Out Of The Brooder

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    We use pine shavings and change them about once a week to ten days, sooner if it's really muddy out. Then I compost the shavings, though I just got to thinking I should make manure tea with it instead...
     
  9. Aglaboost

    Aglaboost Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep, pine shavings here too.
     
  10. MarieNC

    MarieNC Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used pine shavings while they were in their brooders but now that they're outdoors I have a sand/gravel run for them and I put some wheat straw for them to bed in. They love getting new straw - they dig around in it and fluff it up to where they like it. Silly things!
     

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