brooder size?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckyGurl, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    I have ordered 7 WH's, 2 "surprise", and one runner duckling from Holderread's. A total of 10 ducklings, if there aren't any "packing peanuts" ;) How big of a brooder am I going to need for that many? Thanks!!
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    For our eleven runner babies, the first two weeks we had them in a 2 x 5 ft (10 sq ft) giant tote (Brooder I), then we got a 4'x4' puppy playpen (Brooder II), then a couple weeks later added another puppy playpen to make it 6x8 (Brooder III).

    They grew so fast! The 6x8 did it for the rest of their time in the brooder, till they could move into the duck house.
  3. Ducks-love-me

    Ducks-love-me Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 30, 2013
    Maybe 3 boxes together. They don't need a ton of space but the older they get the more space.
  4. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    10 ducklings? quite a bit or you'll be cleaning that hourly.

    Can you get a hold of a kiddy pool? i have seen those used before. I have never brooded that many at once... 4 is my max.. if it's more then their with the mama duck outside in the barn!
  5. HollyDuckFarmer

    HollyDuckFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    LP Michigan

    Personally I let the momma ducks do it! But I'd say as big as you can go, and be prepared to enlarge it as they grow, like Amiga wrote.
  6. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks everyone! I would let a "mama duck" raise them, but they are mail order. :) I am still super excited to get them! I haven't raised ducklings before, so I'm really excited for this opportunity, even though I know they will be super messy. I do have a sandbox that my ducks swim in, so I think I could possibly use that, or else I'll find a kiddie pool somewhere. I've got a while before they come.
  7. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    As i said i do but not always is their a "mama" my last ducks didn't have one.. all bought, plus my preemies... [​IMG]
  8. Going Quackers

    Going Quackers Overrun With Chickens

    May 24, 2011
    On, Canada
    Try searching the site, a lot have been posted. I have no plans on brooding ducks this year, IF i have any, the ducks will be doing it... you can use dog crates, i have used one of those too.
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
  10. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    Thanks! I think I'm going to go with the kiddie pool idea.

    ML, just because I like the Blue Runners. IDK why I only chose one, I just did. There are the other two mystery ducks, and one of those could be a runner. I've had a Pekin/Cambell mix in with Call ducks before, I think as long as there are other ducks they are OK. :) I LOVE that brooder! Maybe, if I really got into breeding them and had to have a "permanent" brooder.

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