How much brooder space do 2 cayuga ducklings need?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckieLover8, Feb 1, 2015.

  1. DuckieLover8

    DuckieLover8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2015
    Hi, I'm about to get 2 Cayuga ducklings and I was wondering how much space they needed in the brooder. I know that they huddle when cold,(even though they have a heat lamp) and when they're hot, they need a comfortable distance from each other.
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

    Oct 3, 2009
    Western N.C.
    Welcome to BYC and congrats on getting 2 Cayuga ducklings you will be in love at first sight. Okay according to Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks [which by the way every duck owner should have] written by Dave Holderread who is leading authority on Ducks and geese says medium[Cayuga ducklings] to large size breeds started on litter allow a min. of .75 sq feet of floor space per bird for first 2 weeks,1.75 sq feet until 4 weeks of age 2.75 sq feet per duckling until 6 weeks of age 3-5 sq feet per bird there after. The larger the better, make sure you have a reliable thermometer to keep track of temp in your brooder when duckings are cold they will huddle under heat and when hot they will lay away from heat . Duckling love to cuddle with each other though makes them feel secure. When they arrive please post pics Cayugas are one of my favorite breeds.
    Lots of great info here
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2015
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
  4. DuckieLover8

    DuckieLover8 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 26, 2015
    Thank you!! very helpful info.[​IMG]

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