1 week old Indian runners brooder

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by chickenz101, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. chickenz101

    chickenz101 Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    My two 1 week old Indian runner ducklings are growing fast and make mess very quick! They are in a large storage box, it's the biggest one I can find and don't know what else I can use as a brooder? I need something bigger!!!!!!!!

  2. dumb_cluck

    dumb_cluck Songster

    Mar 26, 2010
    Upstate NY
    Can you get your hands on some LARGE shipping boxes? If one gets too messy, swap it out for another. Just be careful... if you are using a heat lamp because the boxes are flammable.

    Other than that, can someone make you a "box" out of scrap plywood?

    Better start planning now for future growth. They will grow faster than you can imagine!
  3. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    I brooded 3 runners last year in a xlarge wire dog kennel. Think great dane sized - as that's what my dane uses now lol
  4. Mike Winters

    Mike Winters Songster

    Nov 13, 2011
    i bet the dane is happy the ducks moved out. ya a big crate will do
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:Big xtra lage dog crates work great, I even too a piece of siding and screwed it across the fromt inside the crate to keep the shavings from falling out.

  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    I invested in a puppy pen. eight 2' wide panels of coated wire. I put reinforced hardware cloth across the top (with zip ties) and set the heat lamps on that. Used 6 mil plastic underneath and up the sides, with towels for bedding (my allergies - otherwise would have switched sooner to shavings).

    The puppy pen served as an emergency shelter in the basement until I built a more permanent indoor pen.

    If you or a friend are handy, building a rectangular box frame and then using hardware cloth on the bottom (covered with a towel or no-skid soft mesh) and plastic poultry fence or hardware cloth for the sides could work. That's what I plan to build for my next batch of babies. I like the idea of putting it up on legs as well, for ease of access and avoiding the "looming human" issue when they hit three weeks of age.

    Do you have pics of your babies?
  7. farmdude

    farmdude Songster

    Sep 20, 2009
    NE Wisconsin
    I use an old livestock watering tank. A friend uses a kiddy pool.
  8. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    Quote:THat wasn't the reason behind why I did it, but mostly ease of use for me. Easier to clean at hip height and I was able to just sit out with them and well, they still had a huge head at the kennel door.
    At about 5 weeks or so (I think), I put the kennel on the deck instead of up on the saw horses I had them on. They were well into stranger danger and it was just easier to let
    them put themselves to bed than having to chase them down, pick them up and then put them back up in their kennel.

    I also had cardboard lining the bottom sides of the kennel so they couldn't get out and then house wrap around it to keep any weather/wind from getting in (I brooded them on my patio)

  9. chickenz101

    chickenz101 Songster

    Jul 19, 2011
    Thanks for the replies, will try and upload some pics! [​IMG]

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