How do you keep your ducklings dry?


10 Years
Apr 11, 2009
I have hatched lots of ducklings over the years, but the last two hatches I've had real problems with soggy bedding. I don't remember it being so bad before, possibly because it was later in the year so I could put them outside on the grass with a heatlamp so the water was more easily absorbed.
I've tried putting the waterer in a baking dish to reduce spillage but they use it as a paddling pool then traipse the water back to bed under the heat lamp on their feet. I know ducks will be ducks but what else can I do?
In particular one duckling is a lot weaker and I want to minimize the risk of him getting hyperthermia from being wet all the time...

Going Quackers

9 Years
May 24, 2011
On, Canada
so you brooded them on the actual ground? that can be damp even without water overnight. If i have the wrong idea, feel free to correct me lol

I brood in a cage or a spot in the barn, if they have a mama... so that means bedding, shavings are a good choice.. i clean it twice daily stirring and adding fresh.

In this sticky is a good waterer that cuts it back, nothing will remove the wet ducks bring forth all you can do is control it.


6 Years
Jan 14, 2014
I use a metal baking pan with a cheap cooling rack 2 for a dollar scraps of hardware cloth on top of that...catches all the water. I have mine brooded in a 5 ft kiddy pool with 2 ft fencing wrapped around it. I also have some cage cups hanging for the fence at chest level for food and extra water. I got the large size from the rabbit section in farn and fleet.


10 Years
Jan 25, 2009
central Florida
Depending on how many ducklings you have, but for a dozen or less I use an empty gallon milk jug and cut out two or three holes just big enough for their little heads a couple of inches from the bottom. Add water. Have more ducks, use two jugs.
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