What do you do with your spoiled wood shavings when changing the pen?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bayyjayy, Jul 26, 2011.

  1. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
    Hi, there. I need a better system....I read this forum like mad, I am now on page 115 since I LOVE to read all these posts......it has taken me quite a while to get thru all the pages and there are almost SEVEN HUNDRED pages.....Will take me forever, but I am totally enjoying it.....I like all the ideas everyone shares about these MESSY, MESSY, MMEESSSSYY ducks! [​IMG] It has taught me to search for my question before posting, so I hope I haven't overlooked a question like this one!

    So, I need some tweaking of my system, I think. Everyday I take my four dang adorable babies out of their rubbermaid tub put them outside in a movable baby playyard with their food, water, and a fresh clean kiddie pool. I come back inside to clean their bedtime mess. Each night, I put their waterer on one side with a plastic tray underneath it to keep it somewhat cleaner (yeah, that works!), and then on the other I put about 3 scoops of shavings for their bedding. I have to throw it all away each day because it stinks, is messy, and is soaked. So, I just dump it in my outside garbage can....what do you do with yours?? My garbage can is going to need a HUGE cleaning when they are done being inside....it stinks and is plain disgusting. I just went and got a rabbit cage (a nice big one) to use for them at night so they can stay outside instead of coming in. Hubby is going to reinforce the legs before I start using it, plus I have to talk myself into knowing they will be FINE outside!!! Anyway.....what do you guys do with your ducklings while they are inside....do you take them outside each day? Do you bring them in and out each day? Like I said, I love all the ideas from here, but I still haven't read anything that jumps out at me that I want to use. I LOVE having babies, completely love it, but they are such a pain I just wish they would grow already and be done. When my first babies were big enough to go outside, I swore to myself that I would never have babies inside ever ever ever EVER again. Well......now I have four, and I want to get some Anconas as soon as possible (probably spring...not sure I can make it that long!), so here I am again with a STINKY bathroom, carrying these adorable little twerps outside and inside each day. And what is funny is my hubby is working on making some kind of outside coop for me when we move our pond....I told him that I am not planning on having babies after my Anconas....he just stops what he is doing and looks at me. LOL. Why, why, WHY are they so addicting??

    Thanks so much for any replies....appreciate it!

  2. aineheartsyou

    aineheartsyou Songster

    May 6, 2009
    Dixie, WA
    I put all of my soiled bedding on our compost pile [​IMG]
  3. Okie Amazon

    Okie Amazon Songster

    Mar 22, 2011
    Midwest City
    Compost pile.
  4. bayyjayy

    bayyjayy Songster

    Jul 5, 2011
    Such a great idea, I just don't have one. I read some where that someone did that....it was probably you!...and wished we still had one. In our old house we did, but not here. Dang.
  5. pirtykitty

    pirtykitty Songster

    Dec 8, 2008
    Waco, Texas
    Yep compost pile.. I keep my shavings turned with lots of soil mixed in when I use shavings.. I'm using oak leaves right now. they get composted too...

  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Crowing

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Into the same pile the rabbit manure goes lol but i'm rural, so i have the duck/rabbit pile and then the horse.. i leave to rot and use it in my veggie garden and/or toss it in my spreader.
    Last edited: Jul 26, 2011
  7. The Duck ABC's

    The Duck ABC's Songster

    Feb 5, 2011
    The best mulch ever. I put it underneath my shrubs, and as walk ways in my vegetable garden. Weeds do not grow in that stuff. You hose it down and all the poo will disappear into the soil.
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Compost and blueberries.
  9. ChickiKat

    ChickiKat Songster

    Jul 10, 2011
    Eastern Kansas
    I put mine in the garden.

  10. Denninmi

    Denninmi Songster

    Jul 26, 2009
    Yes, you can't beat composted litter.

    I cleaned out the deep litter from the chickens in late March -- it had been accumulating since November. I spread it out where I am growing onions this year, and let it rot in place for about 6 weeks before putting the onion transplants in.

    They are great this year, despite the fact it's been really dry since mid/late June. They are extremely mild.

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