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

10 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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