♡ Come watch my ducklings grow up ♡

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Squiggs, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. Squiggs

    Squiggs Chirping

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    Welcome to those who are interested in watching my little buddies grow into adults! I plan on sharing updates on their progress as they age within this thread. I'll try not to update too often! If you have any questions or requests please let me know and I'll be glad to share. I hope that you will also grow to love them as I already do ♡

    The Setup:

    (I will update with pictures of this soon!)

    The ducklings live in a large 50 gallon tote in a room in the house without carpet. One half of the tub is shavings and the other half is a watering station I've made from old wood, carpenter cloth, and some "duck tape" (lol) on the edges to prevent any injury. The tub has a lid with a secure metal screen weaved into it to keep them protected just in case. They have a ceramic heat emitter used for warmth but the house is already quite warm since we do not have central air. So far they are doing a great job at self regulating when they need warmth or not!

    The Ducklings:

    Moony ("Moonpie"): Ancona-straight run (but calling male)-currently 9 days old

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    Puddles: Buff-female-currently 5 days old

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    Holly: Blue Swedish-female- currently 5 days old

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    Update #1:

    Moony: We received Moony from a local Ancona breeder three days before the girls were due to arrive from Metzer's Hatchery. The situation wasn't ideal, but we made sure to spend nearly every moment possible near him so that he wasn't lonely. It's done wonders for his personality and Moony is the absolutely sweetest duckling I've ever met! He's the first to zip-zoom around the place and likes to sleep with his head stretched out flat on you or his buddies. His health is very good, although he was growing a little too fast for his own feathers, so we've cut back a little on the protein percentage of his feed. When Wednesday rolled around, he was very quick to take to his two little shadows despite their pecking and piling on top of him.

    Puddles: Puddles is a bit of a cry baby and is always peeping away when she can't see you or her friends. She is not as keen on being held outside of the tub, but will follow you and loves to sit on hands and peck anything she can (especially Moony). She's the most curious of all so far. Something we noticed right away is that her little legs appear bowlegged since we got her in the mail. I suspect possible niacin issues but they should hopefully clear up in a few days living with us and eating brewer's yeast and niacin supplement in her feed.

    Holly: This little duck is very agreeable and sweet. She loves being pet and will easily fall asleep in your arms. However, she can cry just as loudly as her sister Puddles when she's unsure of something. She enjoys splashing and walking on top of her waterer way too much already so I can tell she's going to be the big swimmer.

    That's all for now! I'll update again some time soon :)
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2018
  2. Quacking Pigeon

    Quacking Pigeon Songster

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    Cute :love and I’m watching this thread.
     
  3. Feather Hearts

    Feather Hearts Songster

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    Cute!
     
  4. Lil Drake40

    Lil Drake40 Crowing

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    Adorable babies:love
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

  6. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Very adorable..Congrats...:frow
     
  7. Squiggs

    Squiggs Chirping

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    Thank you all so much!

    Update #2: Quick update today to show what the brooder looks like. Only differences being that I take the hide box out during the day and put it back in at night.

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    Everyone is doing well! Today I bought chick grit for them and threw in some diced greens and oregano to munch on. Instant hit :)
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member 8 Years

    They are adorable! :love

    Nice brooder but you know that is going to be way to small very quick.
     
  9. Squiggs

    Squiggs Chirping

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    Yes, of course. This brooder setup is so that they can be close to me in the house while they are small. I've used kiddie pools in the past and may again. I also have a predator secure room (that can fit several adult ducks) in the coop that I may move them out into once they outgrow this.

    They are getting lots of short trips out of the brooder when it's been warm enough. I want to encourage them to be very well rounded to different things. I feel a bit like a duck chaperone lol
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2018
  10. Queensilkie

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    nice
     

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