How do you keep ducklings (and their bedding) dry in brooder???

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GardenJen77, Apr 4, 2018.

  1. GardenJen77

    GardenJen77 Songster

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    I have 8 ducklings in a brooder, and boy are they a handful in regards to upkeep. They constantly play in the water and get their bedding all soaked. waterer.png This is the water unit I have and they just make a complete mess. Tips and tricks?
     
  2. blayt90

    blayt90 Crowing

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    Use a empty and clean milk jug or similar and cut a hole in the side just a little larger than their head in the side. Fill with water to bottom of the hole.
     
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  3. GardenJen77

    GardenJen77 Songster

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    I will try that idea and see if it works. Thanks!
     
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  5. ATGATT

    ATGATT In the Brooder

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    I was just about to post a similar question. Though, I have tried nearly every suggestion I could find. Am I able to remove food and water and give it to them a few times a day?I have considered giving them food and their watering can before and after bath tub time, Which was twice a day, but I think needs to be three times a day. Temperatures have been in the 30s this week, so they aren’t getting any outside time yet. Most of my ducks are three weeks old, plus however long it took for them to get to the feed store. Three of them are two weeks old, plus time again.
     
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  6. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    I use small cool whip and sour cream tubs with the lid cut for access.
    Once they get older, the waterer you have should work the way I saw on a blog. Take the base off and place in a black rubber bowl. Deep enough that they can stick their nares in. If I can find it again, I will post it here.
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  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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    Oh, now they have two containers with lids and a milk jug with a hole cut so that they can stick their head in it. :)
     
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  8. Flockandfowl46

    Flockandfowl46 Crowing

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    Can someone post a pic of where to cut the milk jug please :idunno
    I'm sorry I found the link and checked it out TY:woot
     
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  9. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Herding ducks and Wrangling chickens

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