Originally Posted by JP84
Thanks you! I thought I was prepared for these guys, but man they are so much work. It's crazy just how fast they can destroy a clean cage
I can't wait until our shelter is built so they can go outside during the day. Bath time makes it all worth it though. Cutest thing ever. I love watching them swim.
I thought I was prepared when I got my first two, I was more prepared than some, a lot of things changed & upgraded, but nothing can really, fully, prepare you for the projectile poop factories that are messy ducklings.
LOL it IS amazing how messy (and wet) they are. Adorable, but wow! they can drain a bucket of water in seconds, just playing in it. When I just had two it was not as bad, but then my mail order 12 came. I tried everything to keep their brooder clean, all sorts of beddings, changing the bedding etc. They went outside at about 2 weeks old or so. I could not handle the smelly mess in the house anymore .The weather was warmer than usual and they had their heatlamp and heating pad and warm straw and I never lost one. that was last March/ April.
As soon as I could I put them on "all flock pellets": this will cut down on the waste and mess of the food. nothing ever cuts down the mess of the water. I have a few spots in the lawn I fill up with water so they can noodle holes in it. And stomp in the mud puddles, It is their favourite thing to do.
bathtime was so funI built a pond in the back yard because I love watching them play in the water so much. I do miss watching them so close up. They get older and don't like being handled so much anymore.