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Ducklings nostril plug up--beware

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by jmc, May 5, 2009.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Yes, as the little ones get bigger, they cant submerge their nostrils in those little one qt. or even 1 gal size water fountains.

    I noticed plug up in my 15 day old Khakis last night--accompanied by some wierd sounds.

    Now, in add'n. to 1 gall. 'regular' font, i have 1 or two 1/2 rubber bowls in their brooding coop (mess, mess!!!) so that they can DEFINITELY submerge their nostrils if they need to/want to.

    I am surprised no duck raising book has mentioned this hazard about growing ducklings and their water vessels.
     
  2. goosedragon

    goosedragon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2009
    Central NC
    What 'duck raising' books have you read? You didn't mention what the form of their feed is/was. IMO dry mash is the worst or a wet mash that is just too thick, it packs up in that bill and the duck feels the need to wash it out fouling the water in the process. If raised by a mother duck she usually shows them how to 'dabble' the feed back out of the water, ones raised by humans don't seem to get the ideal.
     
  3. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    interesting about mother duck's lessons to babies.

    ours are getting your basic game starter crumbles.

    And, YES, their 1 gal water fountains do become 'beige' with feed residue, which they must get back up the schnoz.
     
  4. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

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    my mallard ducklings are pros with their crumbles they take a few scoops of feed then go back to their watering hole to flavor it with spring mud water [​IMG]
     

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