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3days old Muscovy ducklings in my living-room

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Hiya to you all!

 

I'm new to this forum, just signed up for a few questions; this is my first post, this is such an informative forum!

 

So, since today I have new roommates, 10 Muscovy ducklings 3 days old. My friend, who owns the farm, had to leave for a week, so I'm taking care of them, while he's gone. We couldn't leave them unattended in the farm with their mother, since hungry rats attack during the night.

 

I gave them food to eat, water to drink and now they are all sleeping, piled up together, very quiet in a cage that I covered with a bed sheet in my living-room. Do you think they can survive without a heat lamp? We're located in Crete, Greece, the temperature is really high, almost like summer (~17-24°C/63-75°F).

 

Also, I've been reading that it's not really proper for very young ducklings to swim, since they get very cold and might die, would you find that's true?

 

Thanks for the time!

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Welcome to BYC!

 

That's still a but chilly for day olds. I would personally suggest trying to give them some kind of heat source for them. 

 

I don't personally let them swim the first two weeks but I do know some people who do. As long as their monitored the whole time and allowed to properly dry I doubt it will be an issue. 

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Java Green Peafowl l  Guineas l Turkeys l Icelandic Chickens

Call Ducks l Mallards 

Pomeranian Geese l White Chinese Geese 

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post #3 of 4
Hi! Welcome! I too think that a heat lamp is still needed, as 75°F is just a tad too cold for ducklings that young.

Many duck keepers allow their ducklings a swim in the first few weeks, with no issue. The key here is to watch the ducklings swim, and to be sure to dry them off well with a towel (or hair dryer.)

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Thanks to you all for replying,

the ducklings seem fine, they eat and drink and I haven't allowed them to swim yet. Today I took them out in the sun for some time, they seem quite active, they're just adorable! Hair dryer does its trick ;)

Thanks again.

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