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Hi there, little advice please!

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Hi,

I will be getting my first pair of ducklings at the end of this month and I want to make sure I know exactly what I am doing so I can take the best care of them.
I was wondering what bulb would be best for the brooder? There will only be 2 ducklings. I've read a normal 65w bulb can be okay for 2 ducklings, is that right?
Also I've bought some chick crumb which the shop told me would be fine for the ducklings. I can't find on the packet anywhere about the protein percentage. I know the food is unmediated so that's good. Do yoy think it will be okay or should I find something that gives me more info on the protein? Also how long would I feed the crumb for before moving on to the normal feed? And when can I give other bits like veg etc?
Sorry for the million and one questions. Thanks in advance for any help!
I am so so excited to get my ducklings smile.png but want to make sure I care for them right.
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It's all about keeping their area/enclosure (commonly referred to as a brooder) warm enough.  If you're getting newly hatched ducklings, the temperature in the brooder needs to be about 90 degrees.  That temperature should be gradually lowered weekly by 5 degrees until the temperature in the brooder matches the typical outdoor temps where you are.  You can then do without the light during the day, but I still turned mine on at night for a while.  They don't need a heat lamp once they're fully feathered.  I believe that's around 8 weeks old.

 

Can you take a picture of the label(s) on the feed?  It definitely needs to be non-medicated.  Chick feed, though, doesn't have enough Niacin for ducklings.  The best/easiest source for that is brewers yeast (not bread yeast...very important).  Add one tablespoon to one cup of food until they're about 10 weeks old.  They should be at 18-20% protein initially.  Then reduce that by 2% every couple of weeks until they're at 14-16%.  (During this protein reduction is when you'll switch from crumbles to pellets.)  That's where you maintain their protein with an all flock feed.  You can start giving them other treats around 4 weeks of age.  When you're adding anything to their diet other than pellets they need to have access to chick grit.  It's also very important that they always have access to water when they have access to food.

 

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Here is a picture of the packet. There is another pet shop nearby which I might go to as they might be able to help me out more. Thanks for replying. Yet I think they will be newly hatched. So like 90 is about 32c?
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Drat, sorry, I didn't pay attention that you're in the UK.  All of the packaging that I've seen has the protein percentage right on the label.  It does confirm that there's no source of Niacin so you'll need to add it to their food.  I'm not understanding your last question, "So like 90 is about 32c?"

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Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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Love my family...8 ducks, 4 cats, 2 dogs, a boyfriend, grown-up son & BYC lamps!

Check out new BYC photo contest:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1124563/official-byc-contest-post-your-best-poultry-dust-bathing-pics/0_30  

Helpful general duck info for newbies:  http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index

Link to Metzer duck breed comparison chart:  http://www.metze...

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