3days old Muscovy ducklings in my living-room

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Animals, May 1, 2016.

  1. Animals

    Animals New Egg

    May 1, 2016
    Hiya to you all!

    I'm new to this forum, just signed up for a few questions; this is my first post, this is such an informative forum!

    So, since today I have new roommates, 10 Muscovy ducklings 3 days old. My friend, who owns the farm, had to leave for a week, so I'm taking care of them, while he's gone. We couldn't leave them unattended in the farm with their mother, since hungry rats attack during the night.

    I gave them food to eat, water to drink and now they are all sleeping, piled up together, very quiet in a cage that I covered with a bed sheet in my living-room. Do you think they can survive without a heat lamp? We're located in Crete, Greece, the temperature is really high, almost like summer (~17-24°C/63-75°F).

    Also, I've been reading that it's not really proper for very young ducklings to swim, since they get very cold and might die, would you find that's true?

    Thanks for the time!
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    Welcome to BYC!

    That's still a but chilly for day olds. I would personally suggest trying to give them some kind of heat source for them.

    I don't personally let them swim the first two weeks but I do know some people who do. As long as their monitored the whole time and allowed to properly dry I doubt it will be an issue.
  3. dotknott

    dotknott Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2016
    Rhode Island
    My Coop
    Hi! Welcome! I too think that a heat lamp is still needed, as 75°F is just a tad too cold for ducklings that young.

    Many duck keepers allow their ducklings a swim in the first few weeks, with no issue. The key here is to watch the ducklings swim, and to be sure to dry them off well with a towel (or hair dryer.)
  4. Animals

    Animals New Egg

    May 1, 2016
    Thanks to you all for replying,
    the ducklings seem fine, they eat and drink and I haven't allowed them to swim yet. Today I took them out in the sun for some time, they seem quite active, they're just adorable! Hair dryer does its trick ;)
    Thanks again.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by