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Brooding with Nipple Waterers

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CountryGal517, Feb 25, 2014.

  1. CountryGal517

    CountryGal517 Chirping

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    I am planning on brooding 2 ducks and 3 chicks together and I have seen that the biggest problem is keeping the chicks clean and dry as the ducks like to be wet and messy. So my plan is to somehow use nipple waterers and allow for the ducklings to have "wet" time outside the brooder. I believe that the brooder will be big enough for both the chicks and ducklings as I will only have 5 of them.

    I have heard good things about nipple waterers and was wondering if anyone had any ideas how I could go about creating something like this for inside a brooder??

    Any suggestions???
     

  2. phickle

    phickle In the Brooder

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    I think I've read that waterfowl won't drink successfully from watering nipples.
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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  4. CountryGal517

    CountryGal517 Chirping

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    That's a great idea!! Just how frequently do they need to wash their heads??? is this something I can take them out of the brooding area to do or is it something they do say every time they eat/drink??
     
  5. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners

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    Ideally, they have a way to wash their heads any time they want to. I would think a minimum of three or four times a day would make a difference, but that is a hunch, don't know if there's been any research on that.
     

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