Duckling brooders

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SundownWaterfowl, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    What do you use to brood your ducklings in?

    The first 2 or 3 weeks, I use a large cardboard box. I do have a large wire pen Im thinking of putting them in when they are 3 weeks old. It has 1/4" hardwire cloth over all the sides.

    Here are my new ducklings that hatched yesterday night. 9 out of 12 hatched. What was strange was that out of my mixed color call ducks, I got gray and white ducklings. [​IMG]

    Last edited: Apr 15, 2009
  2. Steve_of_sandspoultry

    Steve_of_sandspoultry Overrun With Chickens

    We use a small size "kiddie" pool, the ones about 3 feet in diameter with about 3 inches of sand in the bottom. All the water they slosh out will sink into the sand and keep it much drier.

    Steve in NC
  3. Brickman House

    Brickman House Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2009
    I use my upstairs bathtub. It has a non-slip floor, so no need for bedding. I hose it down twice a day with a shower sprayer (with the ducklings inside the tub), then fill it with a few inches of water and let them swim a bit.

    Then drain the water, put the food dish and waterers back in, and voila! Clean brooder and clean ducklings.
  4. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    Quote:someone we use to know kept her pet mice in the
  5. SGM

    SGM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Easley, SC
    I'm using a long plastic tub as a brooder. We always use those for chicks with paper towels laid down until they get too bad about tearing up the paper towels. Then we change them over to wire cages. Well the ducks were making a sopping mess so I put a wire base in the bottom of their tub to keep them off the wet paper towels and newspaper. They're going through a lot more water this way and making more mess in the bottom but they at least have somewhere warm and dry to lay.
  6. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    this is what our call ducklings start out in. We put down a towel or the rubber shelf liners so they don't get straddle legs.

    after about 5 days in there we move them to here


    or here.....just a plastic tub fromwalmart with an elevated hardware cloth bottom so they stay dry. We hang a light over the top.


    then after about 2-3 weeks they get really stinky and nasty so they go here......If it is early in the year they get a 60 watt bulb in the box. We made the box tall just for ducklings to get a light. They don't need as much heat as chickens do.


    and finally, the breeders and show birds go here......we do keep some on the ground, but they are breeders only, not show birds.
    Most everyone goes on the ground in the winter into the community pens.

  7. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Wonderful pictures! [​IMG]
  8. Picklestix7866

    Picklestix7866 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2009
    Thawing Minnesota
    I use a plastic tub in the laundry room til they get too big and smelly. Then they move on up to an old horse water tank in the garage.
  9. Mrs. Turbo

    Mrs. Turbo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 26, 2009
    Quote:thanks Sundown, we are always looking for better ways of doing things if anyone else has pictures.......

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