Duckling and Gosling Brooder Temperature Requirements?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Bullwinkle, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know that baby chicks need to be started in a brooder at about 95 degrees.

    Last week (last thursday) I received x6 one day old (chinese) goslings, and x7 one day old pekin ducklings. I have them (goslings and ducklings) together in a good size brooder (about 7 feet by 3 feet). I'm using a 250 watt (red) heat lamp/bulb.

    My question or issue is: I assume that waterfowl will 'self-regulate' and move closer to the bulb/heat if they get cold? Right now they rarely (never?) sleep under the bulb. Most of the time they are far enough from the bulb that they are getting little heat from it (the section of the brooder they are in is maybe 75 degrees. Under the bulb its around 90 to 95 degrees. The ducks and geese don't "pile" for warmth, but do sleep beside each other.

    Do they really not need any extra warmth? The ducklings are about 1 1/2 times the size of my 1 1/2 week old chicks. The goslings are about 3 times the size of my 1 1/2 week old chicks.
     
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  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Newly hatched babies need about 85 degrees, and by 6 weeks old they don't need any heat at all. Mine were all brooded inside so far, and didn't have any source of heat other than the furnace after 2 weeks. They would just get too hot.
     
  3. farmertank

    farmertank Chillin' With My Peeps

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  4. Bullwinkle

    Bullwinkle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thanks for the info ShelleyD2008 and Farmertank. The link you provided Julie was especially helpful.
     
  5. xochi16

    xochi16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Great link! Sorry for the old post.
     
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