Can three day olds swim? I mean they can, but should they?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Kelsey2017, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Kelsey2017

    Kelsey2017 Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Two Harbors, MN
    Hey all my new ducklings are doing great but some of them are swimming around in mamas (8'' deep) water dish and loving it. I have read here to not let babies swim, why is that, will they be okay? I keep fishing them out and it does seem like they actually are wet through, is that the problem, they shouldn't get wet and chilled? Mama tucks them under her for a little bit and then they dry out but I could take the dish out for a while.
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2011


    DUCKGIRL89 Songster

    Apr 28, 2011
    no its ok the mother hen will fish them out if she feels the need too.
  3. aduckstolemyheart

    aduckstolemyheart Songster

    Mar 23, 2010
    Most of the time the mother will get them out, IF she can. I wouldn't trust little ones in water alone, because the hen cannot always get them out. I watched my hen try to fish a duckling out of our pool and after a few minutes I had to intervene and help.
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners 8 Years

    Jan 3, 2010
    Southern New England
    Yes, the ducklings don't have the preening oil and feathers they need to be in water for long. You have the advantage of momma being there, but I'd still put something in the water dish to make it easy for the ducklings to get out by themselves. They don't float that well, and can get tired and chilled quickly.

    Keep watchin' those ducks! Enjoy!

  5. yook2000

    yook2000 Chirping

    Jul 15, 2010
    New Haven County
    one of my muscovy duclking drowned when he was 2 weeks old.
  6. Kelsey2017

    Kelsey2017 Songster

    Jan 30, 2011
    Two Harbors, MN
    I did pull out the little pond, because when ever I went to fish the babies out the duck mama attacked me! She is a very protective mom, which is great but she actually grabbed the duckling from me and ran back to the nest. When I find a more suitable pond I will give it to them. I only had the one in there because I thought that the ducks (mamas) would need to bathe and swim, so far I haven't seen them do that in the pan that was there and it was to hard for the ducklings to get out by themselves.

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