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Duck panting! Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by bydhatch, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two week and a half old welsh ducklings.
    I have a heat lamp over one end of their brooder and the temp is around 83. It seems someone is almost always panting! At first I thought it was just her but I believe it is him as well. There is no discharge and both are eating/drinking fine.
    Could the temp already be too warm?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    It sounds as if they are too warm. Can you put a smaller bulb in the heat lamp?
     
  3. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it summer where you are? It might just be warm enough for them without the lamp.
     
  4. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a 65 watt bulb about 25 inches above them.
     
  5. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is summer. We have the inside the house where it's 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
     
  6. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would try a lower wattage bulb. If they still pant after that they might be ready for no heat lamp, at least during the day. You can monitor how they do at night, they might still need it then for awhile. Again, if they just pant when it's on even at night, just take it away. You can't really go by set "rules" when it comes to heat and heat lamps with ducklings. You just have to listen to your particular ducklings and assess their behavior. :)
     
  7. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the same temp inside at night. Does that make a difference?
     
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    No heat lamp is needed....Your house will be warm enough. Ducklings are not like Chicks. They prefer things cooler.
     
  9. Cherib603

    Cherib603 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly.
     
  10. bydhatch

    bydhatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!
     

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