How soon do ducklings need water

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by GuateFarmer, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. GuateFarmer

    GuateFarmer New Egg

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    I am new to raising ducks and my muscovy mama just hatched one duckling this morning. She is in her nesting box with the duck. Does the duckling need water for drinking right now. No other eggs have hatched. Is there a chance they could still hatch. I appreciate any help you can give. Thanks!
     
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    AK Baha Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Yes, the other eggs still have a chance to hatch. This one could be a "early bird" and the others need a few more hours to start the process. I give my ducklings access to water shortly after hatching but they don't seem too interested in it for the first few hours.
     
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  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Also, Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. GuateFarmer

    GuateFarmer New Egg

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    I think it's been about 12 hours since the duckling hatched. How long should I wait on the others?
     
  6. Speceider

    Speceider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A clutch hatching can take up to 36 hours.

    Clint
     
  7. GuateFarmer

    GuateFarmer New Egg

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    Thanks for the info. We'll see if there is any progress tomorrow.
     

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