I have hatched 4 lovely runner ducklings.
Now previous routine had been they stay under heat inside for a few days 24 hours a day. Then as warm they spend daytime outside evenings in.
Now they are 10 days old and happily living in a rabbit hutch in the garden, it is in the sun during the day (not too hot though) and the sleeping compartment has a seperate box inside covered in a towel so no cold from outside is on their sleeping walls.
Anyway down to the point - they STINK! I clean them every day. Have tried woodchip, soil, hay, grass clippings and a mix thereof.
They have a painters tray with water so they can learn to swim, they poop in it and splash it EVERYWHERE, all over the bedding etc... I am sure this is usual behaviour but how do other people manage it?
I have my chickens on a deep litter method and it is AMAZING, but I don't think this will work with the water.