Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Myra, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. Myra

    Myra In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    I have 4 pekin ducks - a male and female a year old plus 2 hatched April 20th (I was hoping for 2 more females but....still keeping my fingers crossed that I don't have another male/ female pair!)

    Here's my question.....what type of "health care" do I need to be aware of for my ducks besides proper food, naicin, and housing?


  2. comp6512

    comp6512 Songster

    Dec 3, 2008
    They would love some type of a "pool" to splash around. Plus that keeps them clean. The water from this pool can be used to water your garden, if you have one. Instant fertilizer.
    When I have young ones, here in Florida, I let them out with a small basin at a week old. They instantly love and know how to swim and dive.
  3. Myra

    Myra In the Brooder

    Jun 19, 2009
    Do they need to be treated for worms and fleas or mites or anything else each year?
  4. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Songster

    Jul 30, 2009
    Charlotte, NC
    Hi Myra,

    Good for you, to check on that. Many people assume they can just plunk their ducks on a pond and ignore them.

    And I have good news for you: Ducks are incredibly hardy and require no regular medical care. If you are providing them with fresh water, good nutrition, and plenty of exercise, then you may never have to use medications or veterinary care.

    Ducks naturally run a very high temperature that discourages illness and worms, and they are generally extremely hardy. Their weak point is the legs and if you have an injury or disability, more often than not it will be in the legs. When something happens, most ducks will recover with just a little confinement and attention.

    I have about 30 ducks and have never needed a vet. Most of my losses have been to predators, which is the biggest threat to a duck's welfare. I've lost a few ducklings to undetermined causes, but that is just how it goes when you raise a bunch of critters. I've also had some minor bouts with niacin deficiency and angel wing, all of which were quickly cleared up by correcting environmental/feeding conditions.

    Welcome to BYC, and enjoy your duckies. [​IMG]
  5. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady

    Apr 22, 2008
    upstate SC
    Sounds like you are off to a great start! Ducks are so fun.

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