CAN YOU BATHE A DUCKLING????

brood mother

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 26, 2014
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My 3 week old ducklings are STINKY! Lol! Is it possible to bathe a duckling with soap? Like infant soap? Just curious??
 

Speceider

Songster
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Apr 4, 2011
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NO soap....just allow them to take their own bath in clean water.

Clint
 

brood mother

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 26, 2014
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3
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Brandon, Ms
Ok well that's what I thought, but my husband was saying if you can bathe a chicken you should be able to bathe a duck. Thanks for confirming do me! Just so I know, why shouldn't you us soap?
 

Speceider

Songster
8 Years
Apr 4, 2011
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Removes the oils from the feathers so they can not be preened correctly to be water repellant.

Clint
 

dheltzel

Crowing
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Nov 30, 2013
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Ok well that's what I thought, but my husband was saying if you can bathe a chicken you should be able to bathe a duck. Thanks for confirming do me! Just so I know, why shouldn't you us soap?
Soap is a surfactant and will remove all the oils from their feathers. They will get waterlogged if they go in the water, and if you keep them out it's still un-natural for them.

Put a few inches of water in a plastic storage box and put them in. Watch them in case they need rescuing for some reason. Actually, they are so fun to watch, that part won't be hard.
 

Amiga

Overrun with Runners
10 Years
Jan 3, 2010
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Stinky can come from the brooder. Do you have the water management okay?

Also, is it that their feces are really rank? That could indicate a health issue.
 

brood mother

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 26, 2014
264
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Brandon, Ms
I let them go for a swim everyday. In my big bathtub,lol. I clean broader EVERYDAY! I have done anything an everything I know to do for the water. As o now I have a milk jug with an oval opening cut out so they can stick head in to water. I have it an th food container sitting down in an old 9x13 cake pan at on end of broader. But it still gets nasty everyday. Their stool Ian to bathe there is just a lot of it.
 

brood mother

Chirping
5 Years
Feb 26, 2014
264
3
81
Brandon, Ms
Maybe I just have an extra messy bunch lol! They eat a non-medicated mutineers chick starter, an I also put niacin in their water.
 
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