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Beginner Questions!

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Hi,

 

So I am going to get 2 ducklings. I am brand new to birds and I want to start with ducks. I have some questions. First, how do two drakes do together without a female? Or how does a male act with a female towards people? Do they get aggressive? Also, my biggest concern is keeping my brooder fire safe. I plan on leaving the ducklings in my house/garage area in the brooder while I am at work. For some reason fire danger never crossed my mind until I was reading on the internet, that alone made me want to re think getting duckling. I originally planned on a big 50 gal Rubbermaid Tub from walmart. Would metal be safer? Please help!

 

Thank you 

post #2 of 4
I made a brooder for mine out of the blue insulation board. Walls and floor. Keeps them off the cold concrete and fireproof.
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I use a kennel with a regular light bulb, though this year for chicks I bought a heating pad, but it was big, so I then bought a heat mat at TSC (they were on super sale) and the chicks just sat on that and were quite happy. I'm thinking ducks would be fine with a heat mat or maybe even a heating pad cave. There is info on that in the raising baby chicks forum - it stays toward the top.

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That is helpful, thank you!
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