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Brooding ducklings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by BroodyBea, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. BroodyBea

    BroodyBea Out Of The Brooder

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    so my day old ducklings come in today! My five little chicks are now two weeks old and doing great! Other than dealing with some pasty butt in one. I am splitting the brooder/upgrading to a bigger brooder for the ducklings. I do have a few questions.

    I currently have sand in the bottom of my brooder. It works MUCH better for me than shavings, and I find it keeps the chicks happier, they love to scratch in it. Would this be suitable for ducklings?

    Do ducklings keep at the same temperature as day old chicks? (90*)

    Also a chick question: our house is 80* since it's been so incredibly hot, and the chicks are two weeks old. When can I turn the light off and start them on a sleep cycle? Right now the brooder is pretty much the same ambient temperature as the house.
     
  2. Hybridchucks

    Hybridchucks Overrun With Chickens

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    yeah, NOT shavings...ducklings will try to eat shavings and will choke and die.... i think sand will be ok....@chickens really
     
  3. BroodyBea

    BroodyBea Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks! I have them home!

    At first all they did was eat and drink, I didn't have any issues with them eating sand once they found the food. The chicks love them! I seperated them but the chicks wanted to see so I opened up the whole brooder. They're wonderful! I turned both my lights back on for heat and everyone loves to pile on top of eachother to sleep.
     

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