Can you dry baby ducklings with a hair-dryer after they've hatched?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by AflactheDuck, Nov 27, 2018.

  1. AflactheDuck

    AflactheDuck Chirping

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    Can you dry baby ducklings with a hair-dryer after they've hatched? Just asking
     
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Well. I never have..Why are you asking?
     
  3. Jpat

    Jpat Free Ranging

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    Dont blow dry new ducklings their realy fragile, Theyll dry under a heatlamp very fast anyway
     
  4. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    Technically, you could, though unless you are a very experienced poultry handler, I wouldn't suggest doing it.

    So unless you have a very good reason for wanting to do it *and* you are very experienced, don't do it, just let them dry in the incubator or brooder.
     
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  5. MillersFarm

    MillersFarm Easily distracted by Chickens

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    I wouldn't suggest it. I would imagine it would be very stressful for a newly hatched duck to be blow dried.. It will dry up just fine under a heat lamp.
     
  6. thumper650

    thumper650 Crowing

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    Take it to a hairdresser.



    I'm kidding, go with what everyone else says.
     
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  7. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    Birds have hollow bones and are very sensitive to temperature changes because of this. With a hair dryer you risk heating them too hot too quickly and it is not safe. I would not recommend this. Ducklings at hatch cannot regulate their body temperatures (why we provide them with heat lamps or other heat source) and this can be dangerous.
     
  8. casportpony

    casportpony Enlightened

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    This is why I said "only if you have a very good reason *and* you are experienced". I don't mean to be rude, but I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that anyone asking if it can be done probably doesn't have the level of expertise need to do it safely. :oops:
     
  9. PirateGirl

    PirateGirl Chicken Lover, Duck Therapist

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    I would also say, maybe depends on the hairdryer, I know mine is either cool or scalding and there is no in between!
     
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  10. WannaBeHillBilly

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    Well this is not a newborn duckling, but it enjoys the warm air

    I remember using a quiet hairdryer on my ~3 week old ducklings after their first bath. They hated it! But at that time they hated everything but food and water that came from those two legged giants…
     
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