Materials such as clean pine, fir, and cedar wood shavings and coarse sawdust; peanut hulls; peat moss; crushed corn cobs; coffee bean hulls; flax; or straw can be used for bedding. Whatever bedding you use, make sure it is mold free and has not been contaminated with treated products.
Nick Schneider wrote:Thank you, Beth, for the advice and pictures.
Nick Schneider wrote:My next thoughts are to go to any number of neighbors who are growing tall ornamental grasses and ask if I can harvest them at the end of the season.
It has to be somewhat similar to oat straw.
Nick Schneider wrote:Do you use any of the dirty duck bathing water (if you have it) for watering crops? If so, do you wait to harvest or only use it on certain types of crops?
I understand that Duck manure is very "cool" and can be applied directly to crops without aging it.
Nick Schneider wrote:Do you ever run your ducks onto young succulent cover crops (ex. oats, peas, rye, millet) when the cover crops are about 4-6 inches high?
This my plan. I have two smaller contained grow areas to try this.
Larisa Walk wrote:We have 2 ducks. Their coop has a concrete floor covered with a rubber floor mat. We use leaves in the winter and all year for nesting. The floor is cleaned daily with a squeegee and big "dust" pan and fresh leaves applied as needed. They have access outdoors except in the coldest Minnesota weather when they prefer staying inside. We have a small greenhouse attached to the coop that they can access when the weather is too cold, even having occasional baths in a rubber tub on sunny days. They seem happy with the setup.
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