When do you start using pine shavings??

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by tia, May 19, 2011.

  1. tia

    tia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
    Valdez, Alaska
    How old are you ducklings when you start using pine shavings???
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Never, they stink too bad with ducklings. I use Equine Fresh pine pellets at about 3 days old or so if they go in an 'empty' brooder. If they join a brooder already in progress then they start on it from day 1.
  3. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

    Jan 11, 2010
    Mine are usually 2- 4- days old. I like to give them a few days on a towel first. With my hatches usually lasting two days- the oldest get the extra time while the later hatching ones learn from them where the food and water is before I switch to shavings.
  4. AnaD

    AnaD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 27, 2011
    N. Ca
    Mine were two days old.
  5. sunket77

    sunket77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2009
    Texas Hill Country!
    I just put my 5 day old ducks in a new brooder with pine shavings on bottom, the paper towel, then rubber shelf liner...but one of my stubborn little ducklings keeps nibbling down the side until he can get some out! then he tries to eat them! So I guess he isn't ready for them [​IMG] I am going to try the pellets next, but I am tired of going through paper towels, they aren't cheap! Messy little things!!
  6. USMCwifey

    USMCwifey Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2011
    Quote:OMG, I agree %100 about the stinky pine shavings! We had 6 Pekins inside and used pine shavings... it made our whole house smell horrible! I had to clean it everyday just to keep down the smell. Thankfully my quackers are outside now, but in the future I am definitely using a different bedding and a better brooder. The baby gate circle works good and all, but it's kinda hard to clean and the bedding slips out threw the holes. I think I'm gonna build one inside my chicken coop when it arrives. It's BIG so I'll be able to add more chicks and a build in brooder! Can't wait... [​IMG]

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