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Well my ducks hatch Monday and I guess will be here by Wednesday. If not Tuesday, the Post Office told me not to assume it would take until Wednesday. I have plastic tubs to use as brooders and intend to use unmedicated chick starter and Brewer's Yeast. I have read and read and it is all running together right now. 1 tablespoon Brewer's Yeast per cup of food is that right? I haven't totally nailed down what I will use for waterers ....I was thinking half gallon milk jugs with cutouts for the start. I'm going to use puppy pads and shelf liner. I have double the tubs so I can swap a clean one for the dirty one. I have heat lamps (75 watt) but am seriously debating using 2 heating pads I have. I know how to set the brooders up with one side warm and the other cooler. Have I forgot anything? Anyone want to share their duck brooder pics? I can't believe how nervous I am....excited but nervous. tongue.png
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Great strategy - - - good start!

 

I used ceramic heat lamps above - suspended on a very firm panel of half inch metal hardware cloth. 

 

The Runners outgrew the first brooder - a large plastic bin - in two weeks.   You can just about see their little legs grow half an inch the first 24 hours after they arrive! 

 

I kept a safe thermometer (not mercury) in the brooder under the lamps.  I ran it before ducklings, got 90F.  Once they were in the brooder, they made it wet enough that I could only get it to 80F with the one lamp so I added a lamp - the moisture pulls down the temperature.

 

Have you seen the Raising Ducklings sticky?

 

I remember thinking how I was going to insure good ventilation without drafts.  And how nervous I was removing their leg bands.  And how my heart melted like wax the moment I heard the box cheeping.  And how I struggled to manage the water.  A splash catcher makes a big difference.  And a watering station makes all the difference.  The former is something that sits under the waterer and collects spills.  The latter is a walk-in with absorbent material in the bottom that is changed daily.

 

One rule I followed during brooding was that when I introduced any changes (including putting ducklings into the brooder the first time), I would watch for 15 to 20 minutes to see if they got themselves into trouble.  Because ducklings can get themselves into unimaginable trouble.

 

I don't want you to panic.  But I don't want you to be surprised.

 

So, watch how they do with whatever you use for water.  I will always remember the photo of the duckling inside the DIY waterer that used a one-liter water bottle.

 

Please keep us posted with your countdown questions, and as you enjoy their ducklinghood.

Please PM me, or use @Amiga in the message if you would like to hear from me soon.  

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