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Postby harvey1b » Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:28 am

I put up a few boxes this weekend and only had hay around to line them with. Everything I have read says to line them with saw dust. How important is it that the box be lined with saw dust?
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Postby locked n landing » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:48 pm

I maintain 3 boxes and have never used hay.
It might work. I was able to get wood chips
from our local utility company after they
trimmed and chipped limbs away from the
power lines. They usually do that before
nesting season around here so it worked
out great and only cost me gas money.
I don't know if hay would make it harder
for ducklings to leave the nest or not.
Maybe other things have been tried and
wood chips or sawdust work the best.
Good luck.
So far with my 3 boxes in 3 years, 73 ducklings
have entered the world.
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Postby Fowlercon » Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:06 pm

I always use cedar chips. Hay holds too much moisture and rots.
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Postby h2ofwlr » Wed Feb 15, 2006 10:37 pm

Sometimes pure cedar chips is too aromatic IMO. A mix of 1 part cedar to 3 parts pine or aspen works well.

I use gerbil bedding as it is not as fine as sawdust--(sawdust is not too good actually because it is so fine).

Frankly hay sucks :thumbsdown:
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Postby duckbuster » Thu Feb 23, 2006 11:34 am

i just use saw dust for the reason it has very little aroma and the ducklings can move easily through it, it also doesnt hold moisture like wood chips or hay will.
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