Are my ducklings old enough to swim with supervision?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckMadness, Feb 27, 2017.

  1. DuckMadness

    DuckMadness Out Of The Brooder

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    I called the store I had bought them from and they said they are between 3 to 4 weeks old which is older then I had thought. Is this however old enough to let them splash around in some water while being supervised?
    Thanks in advance for the info.
     
  2. GoldenFlight

    GoldenFlight Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Yes, ducklings can swim the day after they hatch.
     
  3. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    Wow....Yes, at that age they do need a bath to get the oil glad working......They can bath as said....The day after hatch.. :)


    Cheers!
     
  4. DuckMadness

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    I put them in the bath tub twice today
     
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens




    I bet they loved having their tub time.....Mine sure zip around and then have a real long nap.....

    Cheers!....enjoy those ducklings!
     
  6. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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  7. elenas farm

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    The important thing is the height of the bath dish not to be taller than their chest . You increase the high of the bath with them growing. Otherwise, they will get stuck inside not able to get out and they will drown.
     
  8. DuckMadness

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    Yeah the water is just barely deep enough for them to pick their feet up and swim but low enough for when they get tired they can stand and I never leave them unattended while swimming as I heard they tire easy at this age.
     
  9. Bills vs Beaks

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    If they are really 4 weeks old they can swim and dive in deeper water. I put mine at that age in a big industrial totebox with about a foot of water. They had great fun diving in it (if you do this, do it on a tiled surface ;) ). Just always keep an eye on them to take them out when they get tired
     
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    This is the setup I have for then until they start to get bigger. Is there anything I'm missing? Plus I figured you all would like to see them
     

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