Hi guys, first just a quick thanks every question I had I would go to google type it in, and these forums would be first to come up! Such a great find!
I have a few questions that I keep finding different answers for.. I am a proud new Mommy to Two Pekin ducks, Pip and Boom-Boom! Right now they are in a long rubbermaid container in my bedroom with shredded newspaper for bedding, and an old shirt (
changed and thrown out daily) for cuddling, along with 2 heat lights one near, and one a little further away.I tried CareFresh bedding, thinking it would be more cuddley for them but they were trying to eat it too much and I got scared.
I bought a coop with run (i am not handy at all the coop is closed 3 sides with an opening that can be closed for the ramp, and 2 fake windows that are plastic. the run in 6 feet long 5 feet wide, with an extra 3 feet under their coop, full shingled roof with an attic through out the length whcih can be filled with hay for more warmth in the winter) what do you all suggest to use for the ground to provide an easy clean up? I read to put down linoleum and hay, but I would think the linoleum would be a breeding ground for bacteria unless cleaned up with Bleach, which i would be too afraid to use around them.
Also, right now they are on duck starter food, when can I add veggies and fruit to their meals - any suggestions on recipes to purify that would provide them with the right nutrients?
I read that their food supply can never run out, but then I also read that they should be feed once a day after 6-8 weeks old.
Can they be put into their coop outside when temperatures are nice? I live in Northeast Pa, right now its 34 degrees out last week it was 75-85 all week. So on nice days when they get a bit bigger (theyre bellys are just starting to turn white, but no adult feathers yet) can they go in their pen for an hour to get use to it?
Sorry for length, and again thanks already for all your help!