ducklings and swimming

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Frozen Feathers, Jun 2, 2007.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    How soon can I let my new ducklings in the tub?? They just arrived yesterday in the mail and were shipped Wednesday, so they are about 3 or 4 days old.
     
  2. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2007
    Binghamton, NY
    you can put them in now, but keep the water very shallow and make sure they are only in for a short time. They arent waterproof yet, so their down soaks water up quick! They also need to dry off very well, so they dont get a chill.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2007
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member

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    Critter Crazy is correct!
    Lukewarm water
    5 minutes max
    Towel dried
    Back under heat lamp.

    I use the bathroom sink when they are that tiny. There is nothing cuter than a duckling swimming in a bathroom sink! Be sure to take pics!
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Thanks for the quick response. [​IMG] They are awful messy little things! I've never had ducklings this young before, they are sooooo adorable. [​IMG]
     
  5. bantymum

    bantymum Chillin' With My Peeps

    Awwww how cute they must be, My ducks will have ducklings in spring so it will be interesting to see when they take them swimming.
    Have fun and yes post some babypics!
     
  6. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
  7. chickenlisa

    chickenlisa Invincible Summer

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    I think the last ducky is your Cayuga, and the 3rd pic is your Blue Swedish. Its hard to see 4 different duckies in those pix. My Cayugas were all black-beak and legs and feet too. My Blue Swedish looked just like #3 picture-1 was light like that and 2 were darker, but still light on chest and feet more mottled than solid black. Hope that helps.
    Lisa
     
  8. ging3rhoffman

    ging3rhoffman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2009
    I found a way to make my little ducks less messy. I use the large wood shavings from tractor supply. They eat the small shavings so make sure you use large shavings. My brooder is 4 x 4. I take a tray and then put shaving in the tray, then put their gallon waterer in the middle of the tray. Then all I have to do is scrape off that tray ever 2 or 3 days, then just add new shavings. Those are the only wet shavings that you will have in your brooder. It makes for easy cleanup. There food is just beside the water tray and it stays clean and dry. It makes clean up a breeze.[​IMG]
     
  9. Chicken Fruit

    Chicken Fruit Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2009
    Echo Homestead
    I actually blow dry my ducklings. It takes literally 120 seconds to dry a duck.
     

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