|Better Farming Series 39. Raising Ducks 1: How to Begin (FAO, 1990, 73 p.)|
|How to begin|
85. You have already learned that ducks sleep on the ground and if the ground where they sleep is cold or wet or dirty they may get sick.
86. So, you must be very careful to keep the floor of the shelter as dry and as clean as you can to keep the ducks healthy and well.
87. If you have a shelter which is on high enough ground for the water to run away, you can have a dirt floor.
88. However, if the shelter is built in a low, wet place you will need to keep it dry by covering the floor with some kind of dry material.
89. To cover the floor you can use sand or fine gravel, pine needles, wood chips or leaves and give your ducks a bed of straw or cut grass to sleep on as well.
90. Change the floor material when it becomes wet or dirty and especially if it becomes mouldy. Mould will make your ducks sick.
91. With a flock of 6 ducks, change the floor covering at least once a month or sooner if it becomes wet, dirty or mouldy.