At What Age Can Pekin Ducklings.........

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by muscovy94, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be put out by themselves? Because we plan on getting a few more ducklings from the feed store when they have them for easter and we are gonna let them free range with the other ducks.
    Is a month too young? I havent hatched ducks in a while so i don't remember how big they are at a month.

    THanks.
     
  2. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think you should keep them in a pen until they get feathers (1 1/2 to 2 months). I'm not sure what kind of predators you have around you, but foxs won't think twice about month old ducklings. Pekins will be hefty at a month but they should still have fluff. I definately wouldn't want them in the house for 2 full months though. Imagine the smell! [​IMG]
     
  3. lil'chickies

    lil'chickies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm keeping mine in until they feather out. Just to be safe. Our dogs don't let anything in the yard as far as coons. We built a pen in the yard that the dogs can get around and protect. Just play it safe.
     
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    I definately wouldn't want them in the house for 2 full months though.

    Which is why I built an outdoor brooder out of a utility closet just outside the back door [​IMG]

    1 heat lamp heats the whole thing but they wont need that for long.​
     
  5. mawark

    mawark Out Of The Brooder

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    I put mine in a tractor at 4 weeks in early January. I let them out to rage with other ducks at 6 weeks.
     
  6. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks yall. We have LOTS of foxes where I live so I will just wait till they are atleast a month and a half or two before i let them free range.
     
  7. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a question. Could someone post a pic of what they look like at a month to a month and a half if you have one. I couldn't find one on google go figure....
     
  8. duck boy

    duck boy Out Of The Brooder

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    um well it needs to be warm and u can let them out during the day but always lock them up at night and a month is a little early, also remember if u have hawks or falcons there not afraid to go after them i had some close calls last year with that.



    p.s i will try to upload a pic of some of mine from last year for ya
     
  9. muscovy94

    muscovy94 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks i would appreciate it!! [​IMG]
     
  10. ticks

    ticks Pheasant Obsessed

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    At around 4 weeks I let my ducklings into a pen I made, at 5 weeks I lightly supervised (checked on them evry half hour) them in the pool, at 6 weeks I could leave them with the pool by themselves all day.
     

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