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Duck question

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by yotetrapper, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do ducks NEED water to swim in? I got one duck I was wanting to keep with my chickens (he's being raised with baby chicks now) but will I need to get him a pool or something??
     
  2. hatchcrazzzy

    hatchcrazzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    ducks dont need a pool but are happier with one
     
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    They don't need a pool but they sure would love to have one.

    They do need a water container that is deep enough they can submerge their long beaks (even dunk their heads [​IMG] ). They need it to keeptheir nostrils cleaned out. When you clean out their waterers you will see residue of feed in the bottom of the water. This is where they blow out their nairs.

    You can get a very small little pool for about $5 - 6 at a dollar store or k-mart. Make sure you use blocks or bricks to make a stairway in and out until it is big enough to safely get out. Young ducklings (under 3 weeks) get very tired and can drown. Also young ducklings do not make enough oil to coat their feathers where the water will run off so they can chill easily which the same as chicks is not good.

    Please, please, please get another duck. The duck needs a companion of his own kind to live with.

    If the duckling is male when mating season comes they cam be agressive and will mate your chickens. Drakes can be visicous about mating and cause injuries to your hens. Please get him a duck buddy and think about giving them their own little duck yard. Chickens will not appreciate the water and mess ducks create.

    Ducks are messy messy messy. Very cute but MESSY.
     
  4. Paegglvr

    Paegglvr Out Of The Brooder

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    I started with one pekin.... I had no idea how 'social' they really are. It would not stop yapping every time i left the room, so I gave it a stuffed duck toy. The duck fell in love with the toy and would never leave it's side... so I ended up getting a duck so he would have a buddy.

    Now those two are literally inseperable! A night I round them up to put them in the coop... when I put one in the coop, the both start quacking hysterically until I get the second duck into the coop. Its fun to watch. During the day I don't think they stray more than 1 or 2 feet from each other at most.
     
  5. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I want another duck but so far my husband has adamantly said no. I dont know what sex he/she is yet. I'm pretty sure he turned out to be a muscovey although no signs of the red things yet. He is about 4 weeks old now. Right now we're in the middle of coop contruction for chickens, maybe when I'm done i can make a duck pen too. I'll get him a pool.
     
  6. Paegglvr

    Paegglvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Forgot to mention... chickens & kiddie pools don't mix.

    Unless you're there to save them... the chickens will jump in and drown. My ducks live with my chickens, but I keep the pool outside of the run and let the ducks out to swim.
     
  7. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Tell him he can't say no. You need a companion for that duck.

    Or tell him I said he can't say no. This is an animal who deserves a fair shake and a companion will make a huge difference in his social behavior and interaction on your lil farmstead.
     
  8. yotetrapper

    yotetrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If he does let me get one, does it need to be the same breed or will any breed do?
     
  9. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    It doesn't matter. Just get that duck a companion. Please.
     
  10. DuckLady

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    If you have a scovy drake, I would get another scovy drake. Otherwise any duck will do. [​IMG]
     

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