Hi All, here's my intro, I'm new to ducklings and I need some help so I found this place. I'll post a thread in that section in a bit...
Just moved to Central Florida, never been interested in poultry but being a sucker for any animal that needs help, I have added 3 Pekin ducklings to my 2 dogs and 2 cats family. I ran by the feed store and they had 2 day old ducklings and one was all by himself and sickly, unable to balance or walk with a floppy neck. I knew he wouldn't make it on his own, so I took him, and 2 others home (for company). We are a week into this and having never dealt with birds at all I came here!
I am not interested in raising these guys for any purpose other than to keep them off someone's plate, they will be kept animals in a safe pond with no dogs to terrorize them and as safe as they can be from wildlife. I know many folks raise these guys to produce, but that's not my thing. Just wanted to save a lil guy who wouldn't have made it otherwise. And I may be in over my head!! I was told they grew fast, but heavens!! They've quite literally doubled in size in a week!
If anyone has any input or advice you can give on Pekins, I'd be happy to hear it. Currently they are in a spare bedroom, and will not be going outside other than to play in the sun until I release them to their permanent home. I now know they are pooping machines, and meeeeesssssssy lil eaters and drinkers! Housing, feeding, swimming, and any other info is much appreciated!