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Where to buy straw bedding?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by lunyre, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. lunyre

    lunyre Out Of The Brooder

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    Im using paper towels for now, and i had ordered some straw bedding online but they only had small bags available... does anyone know where i can get larger-ish bags of straw bedding online (like rabbit shredded straw bedding) for my ducks and ducklings? any ideas? also i have leftover rabbit litter, oxbow eco straw bedding.. little straw pellets, would it be bad if i used that for now? it would make cleanup easier in the time being. im only worried about them eating the pellets.
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think it was Wifezilla who covered pellets with no-skid shelf liner so they could not eat the pellets. Maybe an old towel over the straw pellets? Then you could shake out (over the garden) the towel and launder it, and the pellets would last longer.

    I go to a feed store for straw bales (but I kept getting moldy straw so I am taking a time out on that). I do spring for chopped straw I get from a hardware store. I examine it very very closely to make sure no moisture has gotten in (got a few bad bales not paying attention). If the bale is in good shape, it is fabulous material for our Day Pen.

    Finding a reliable source for good straw is a bit of work and it can work out. I find that explaining the use sometimes helps. Sometimes, though the clerk's eyes glaze over, and that is not a good sign.
     
  3. lunyre

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    The bag says "safe and non toxic for rabbits, poultry, reptiles, and amphibians." so im hoping its fine.

    I will definitely look around for straw bales though.. i have a place i can check. im assuming it wouldnt be safe to buy it online since you cant closely inspect it?
     
  4. veronicasmom

    veronicasmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL, I totally understand the glazed eye look. I get it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!![​IMG]
     
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  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    So I am not the only one?
     
  6. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Well i don't use straw with birds but i do for my sheep, i get it from the same source i get my hay. I would look/ask in a feed mill for a supplier.
     
  7. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I buy mine from local folks who grow it.
     
  8. lunyre

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    yeah i understand, it isnt too common around here where i am to have ducks.. or that much poultry at all to be honest. i have to drive pretty far to get to a good feed store haha. thanks for all the input though :) so far the straw pellets seem to be working fine until i can find something else. what other bedding works for ducks? is hay okay? i used to use hay for rabbits and chickens sometimes.
     
  9. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

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    Personally? i like shavings. i have used wood bedding pellets(there for horses) but the shavings are my main go-to.
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I vote for shavings too, [flake]. they absorb more of the liquid and are very easy to clean.
     
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