How can I keep these ducklings warm and dry?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Eggs4Sale, Oct 29, 2009.

  1. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    We got them a few days ago, no feathers yet. They are in a large tupperware box lined with dish towels. They have the waterer that baby chicks use, the one you screw a mason jar to. They somehow get the water out and get the towels soaked. I elevated the waterer on a baking dish, and that helped a little, but now they're soaked again. The problem is it dropped in temps here yesterday, and despite the heat lamp (brooder lamp with 60 watt bulb), they are chilled. If they could just stay dry.....

    Should I get a 100 watt light bulb in with them?
    What can I use for bedding that will be safe?
    How can I get those critters to stay dry?
     
  2. classroomducks

    classroomducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you already have the tupperware container i would try this route.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?pid=1739372

    I would also up to a 75 watt if they are still cold. You need to keep them dry. Im no expert (my babies hatched this morning) but wifezilla is brilliant and if i only had a couple of babies this is the way i would have gone...hope that helps.
     
  3. Eggs4Sale

    Eggs4Sale Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2009
    Thanks for the link! The feather duster, what a great idea!
    I'll go change the light bulb right now.
    I like the tube idea. I'm always worried the lamp will fall forward, and I can't get it close enough by clamping ot to the edge or handle.

    We didn't have this problem with our last batch of ducklings. It must have been warmer then.
     

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