Age for first swim?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by NatC, Jun 8, 2017.

  1. NatC

    NatC Just Hatched

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    Hi, I'm just wondering what age should runner ducklings have their first swim?

    Mine have been hatched under a broody hen so I'm worried they have no oil on their feathers yet. They are a week old today.
     

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  2. Poultry parent

    Poultry parent Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ducklings don't start to produce their own oil till around 8 weeks, they can have supervised swims till then, just don't leave them along, as they can get waterlogged
     
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  3. 3bird

    3bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have silver Appleyards, and they are just over a month old. They had their first "swim" day 12 post hatching. It was a warm sunny day, and we had their heat lamp and towels to dry them if needed. We just offered them a shallow pan, but the loved it! Here's a video:

    https://threebirdfarmmaine.wordpres...-it-get-any-better-than-ducklings-first-swim/

    We've had a pretty cool, wet spring since then, so we have not let them have a proper swim yet, but maybe today! As mentioned above, it is important to make sure they are dry and not cold post swim, and don't let them swim unsupervised until they are 8 weeks.
     
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  4. NatC

    NatC Just Hatched

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    Thank you both.

    Love the video! I'm following you on Instagram now, your babies are beautiful :)
     
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  5. 3bird

    3bird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We love them! We're building their duck house now, and we're hoping to get them moved in over the weekend. With nice weather finally, they are loving foraging in the garden. Sorry summer chores have our Instagram account in slo-mo. ;-) We'll try to post more. Enjoy your little guys!
     
  6. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine swim starting a day after they arrive. Swimming helps them get that oil gland going.
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Ducklings can start swimming at two days old....It stimulates the oil gland to help water proof the feathers...
     
  8. lomine

    lomine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine took there first swim at two days out in the bathroom sink.
     
  9. iWOODDUCKifiwereu

    iWOODDUCKifiwereu Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a wood duck duckling that is a little over 2 weeks old. It (my duckling has not been sexed) has had supervised swims since it was just 5 days old. We had it in the bath tub in lukewarm water and it loved it. Just dry the duckling off after so it doesn't get cold.
     
  10. NatC

    NatC Just Hatched

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    Thanks, they had their first swim at the weekend.
     

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