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post #1 of 27
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we have a few baby duck an was woundering at what age should we start giving them bathtub time.

we work with black,blue,buff,lavender,an white orpingtons,,blue slate turkeys, siver pied  an white peacocks an 2 alpine dairy goats we raise them all on horseshoe hill poultry farm in mansfield connecticut.
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post #2 of 27

A lot of opinions vary. I would let mine swim, supervised, for 10 or so minutes when they were about 4-5 days old. Then take them out of the water. Some people say 2 weeks and some say 2 days. I think it comes down to supervision, comfort level (you and ducklings), wiping them off, and putting them back in the warm brooder.


Edited by Eroc1_1 - 4/1/11 at 12:39pm

2 Blue Swedish, 2 Cayuga, 7 Welsh Harlequin, 4 Indian Runners, 7 Saxony, 5 Muscovy, 5 Pilgrim geese, 5 American Buff geese, 2 Sebastopol geese, and a good sized flock of assorted chicken breeds(Barnevelder, Buckeye, EE, Lavender Orpington, Wellsummer, Black Australorp, Dark Brahma, and Production Reds).

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2 Blue Swedish, 2 Cayuga, 7 Welsh Harlequin, 4 Indian Runners, 7 Saxony, 5 Muscovy, 5 Pilgrim geese, 5 American Buff geese, 2 Sebastopol geese, and a good sized flock of assorted chicken breeds(Barnevelder, Buckeye, EE, Lavender Orpington, Wellsummer, Black Australorp, Dark Brahma, and Production Reds).

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post #3 of 27

Eroc1_1 pretty much covered it.  At day two, my runners "swam" in an inch and a half of 90 degree water in a cake pan for five minutes.  smile

My general guidelines were to have a clean, warm, dry brooder ready for their return from the water, to dry off any that did not immediately begin preening after bathtime, and to keep the water only deep enough to hit the tops of their legs - that was deep enough for floating or swimming, shallow enough to stand.  The older they got, the deeper the water, the longer it took for them to get tired (when a couple of them just seemed to stand there, staring around, that was my signal to pull everybody back into "the bus" and back to the brooder.  The bus was a deep cardboard box with a towel in the bottom, to get them from room to room once we began using the tub, at about day four.

I stood by every moment.  Without full feathers and oils, they get soaked and don't float so well.  But a few of them were excellent torpedoes!  Enjoy those babies!  They grow fast!!!

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

 

My latest project, and first tiny book!  True story, with fictional names for the humans wink.png 

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post #4 of 27
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thanks for the help everyone i am thinking about maybe sunday monday for the first swim.

we work with black,blue,buff,lavender,an white orpingtons,,blue slate turkeys, siver pied  an white peacocks an 2 alpine dairy goats we raise them all on horseshoe hill poultry farm in mansfield connecticut.
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we work with black,blue,buff,lavender,an white orpingtons,,blue slate turkeys, siver pied  an white peacocks an 2 alpine dairy goats we raise them all on horseshoe hill poultry farm in mansfield connecticut.
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post #5 of 27

don't forget the camera!

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My latest project, and first tiny book!  True story, with fictional names for the humans wink.png 

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If you prefer, you can find "Carmella, Where Is Your Quack?" on Amazon.

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post #6 of 27
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i wont the kids are pretty excited about having duck for the pond

we work with black,blue,buff,lavender,an white orpingtons,,blue slate turkeys, siver pied  an white peacocks an 2 alpine dairy goats we raise them all on horseshoe hill poultry farm in mansfield connecticut.
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we work with black,blue,buff,lavender,an white orpingtons,,blue slate turkeys, siver pied  an white peacocks an 2 alpine dairy goats we raise them all on horseshoe hill poultry farm in mansfield connecticut.
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post #7 of 27

I have two-week-old Khaki Campbells I'm planning to give some swim time to tomorrow, in conjunction with moving them to a bigger brooder.  ("Brooder" in this case being a large straw bale enclosure with a heat lamp in one corner.)  And a decent handful of greens (endive) to make it over-the-top awesome for them smile

Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

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Hi!  I'm Bryan, and Smiles-N-Sunshine is my hobby farm.

 

Smiles-N-Sunshine Farm (Palominas, Arizona):  Black Australorp chickens, and mealworms.  Protected by Ottoman the Turkey.
 

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post #8 of 27

Sorry  guys,  mostly  bad advice.

If a duclking  is hatched  by  momma  duck,  momma   will   put  protective  oil  on  the ducklings,  so they  can swim  and  bath  safely  soon  after hatch.

For  ducklings  hatched in  incubator  or by  chicken hen  it  is  a BAD  IDEA   to  let  ducklings in  the water before  they  are fully  feathered.   It can  do  them  more harm  then  good.

All the baby  ducks need  is,  a pot of water   deep  enough  to  dip  their beaks in   to  flush  their nostrils and drink  after  just  every  bite of  feed  they  take.

They  should not   be able to  get  wet  besides their   heads.

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #9 of 27

ducklings down is naturally oiled and waterproofed, usually by 1-2 weeks of age. I would recommend starting with only around an inch and a half at the start of the swim and gradually build it up so the get used to it and don't panic to much. however swimming comes very naturally to ducklings and they should take it to heart very quickly. good luck!! :thumbsup 

post #10 of 27

I did some research on ducklings swimming, and found a study had been done.  Ducklings who are allowed to get into water (supervised constantly, warm enough not to chill them, and dried off immediately afterward) start preening earlier than those who are not.  This preening behavior is considered a good thing.

 

So I followed that - water only up to the tops of their legs, at about the same temperature as the air in their brooder.  At first they would last about five minutes before appearing tired, then I would take them out, dry them if they did not preen, and set them back in the warm clean brooder.  That worked well.

 

But I watched over their every move.  No one got chilled, no one got over-tired.

 

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If you prefer, you can find "Carmella, Where Is Your Quack?" on Amazon.

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

 

My latest project, and first tiny book!  True story, with fictional names for the humans wink.png 

https://www.createspace.com/4915525

If you prefer, you can find "Carmella, Where Is Your Quack?" on Amazon.

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