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#1 S.K.

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 03:59 PM

i went to the tractor supply today and they had baby ducks for sale so i got 4 of them the man there really did not help much. they said to feed them chicken starter feed not sure how old they are they say a couple of weeks i have them in a kiddie pool in the house what do i do next do i do the same that i did when i had baby chickens how long do they have to stay in the house not sure what kind or what sex they said it was a mixture they got in. they say they are good with kids i hope so. also can i put them in with my chickens sorry so many questions just don't know what to do.
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Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:14 PM

We got three ducklings this year, but we are down to two. (don't put water for them to swim in until they're bigger...) They grow really FAST! We just put ours in with the chickens and they are doing fine. I think my sister has been feeding them "all-flock feed" It's a feed mixed for chickens, ducks and other poultry breeds. I'll have to double-check on that. But that's about all I know. Hopefully someone else with more knowledge can help :)

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Posted 29 March 2011 - 04:18 PM

Crumble up some dry dog food to go with the chick feed. Ducklings need the extra protein.


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Posted 29 March 2011 - 06:09 PM

Ducklings are messier than chicks so be aware of that. Game bird crumble is another feed possibility. However, in my area, the game bird crumble only comes in 50lb bags...I wish I was allowed to go to Tractor Supply...:whistling:

Here is a little more information about raising quackers...

http://www.wikihow.c...re-of-Ducklings

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 09:30 AM

thanks for the help. I have to go back to the tractor supply to get my chickens when they come in. :)
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Posted 10 April 2011 - 03:03 AM

Definitely do not let baby ducks into water further than their bills. Even in shallow chick-waterers, put rocks in until the "moat" is too small for the tiny ones to squeeze into. Ducks WILL go into water.

Now the reason baby ducks raised by their momma can go into water and those raised by you and me canNOT is two-fold. One...their momma's feathers give their down [not feathers] a little oil [water repellency]. Two....their momma is going to get them off the water before they chill their little selves and then sit on them to warm and dry them.

People-raised ducklings should be nearly feathered out [lose the down, gain the adult feathers] before allowing to ....well, in our case, go out onto the pond. In a more controled environment like a small kiddie pool where you [as a substitute duck-momma] can pull them out and tuck them under the heat lamp....[you DO have the heat lamp for them, right?] Anyway...in that case you could let them have a thrill after they are several weeks old. Their breast feathers will be the first to fill in. Do Not let them swim when they can fit into your hand!


Yeah, people always end up with drowned ducklings and are shocked. Spread the word....no swiming until you're older! :tapfoot:


We use a starter for wild birds [crumbles] and later feed wild bird feed in pellets cuz we think it wastes less. [Wild bird feed is not medicated like many chicken feeds.]

Did you find out what breed they are? Egg or meat...or are they pets? Some breeds will lay nearly year 'round. Others will lay spring/summer only. Look up a site for duck breeds that might have pics of the babies...might give you an I.D. Their colors are different even then. If not, wait for full adult feather and then one of us will be able to give you the breed if you post a pic.

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Um, you will know soon, if not already, why ducks/geese/ect are called Water Foul! :rolleyes: They will quickly outgrow the wading pool. Long before that you will be getting splatters of yuk and want to at least extend the walls higher. Soon you will either need a BIG area or need to clean their area DAILY. It's a huge, messy, stinky chore! DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH AROUND BIRDS...they will have respiratory problems and keel over.... :shakinghead:

If you live in a zone where you have really WARM night temps already, you are fortunate. If you keep the wind currents off of them and keep the heat lamp, they can go into an out building. Must be protected even from the neighbor's cat, of course. One thing about keeping the darlin's in the house, they have a lot of YUK and you really don't want a chance of poultry disease spreading to yourself. Try to at least move them to the garage as soon as they can tolerate the nite temperatures. But...don't shift the temperatures they are used to quickly. Slowly raise the heat lamp up [have to do this anyway cuz they grow taller so fast] but I mean: slowly reduce how much heat you provide. [any good book will give you the actual parameters of "at 4 weeks their temperature should be at XX degrees" etc. ]

They're really cute but ack! I hate raising baby ducks!


Any other questions by now? How're they coming?

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Posted 10 April 2011 - 07:02 AM

When I was a kid, my parents never had to raise the ducklings. I was their substitute mama. I would feed them and take them outside and herd them into a small metal enclosure that we had. They could run around in the grass safely if I was there. Otherwise they would have become a snack for one of the wild critters around. At the time, we had a purebred collie named Bonnie. She would try to "mother" anything. The ducklings loved her so much that if I opened their enclosure, they'd make a beeline for her tail and sit on it. She didn't want to disturb them so she'd sit right there with them on her tail until we came to rescue her.

I miss that dog...and my duckies!

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 10:09 AM

well this ducks grow over night do i leave feed for them to eat all day. they are 3 weeks old and tall its not to cold at night i told my husband i thought ducks would be easyer then baby chicks wrong haha i want baby chicks not ducks. not sure what kind they are my husband thanks they will be white when they get older they are yellow and underneath them they are turing black. we have to change the pool every day so very soon they are going out and yes i have a heat lamp. these ducks are going out in a pin very soon my husband has 2 weeks to get it done thank you all for your help
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