How to care for ducklings! Help!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Crazy4Fowl, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We just got 2 khaki cam bell ducks today. This is not our first time taking care of ducks but the last time we did it was a long time ago and we need some info.
    1: How warm/hot does they home need to be (A storage container)
    2: How warm/cold does their tub need to be to swim in
    3: Type of food they need, this is what we have now
    4: Anything else I need to know?
     
  2. buff goose guy

    buff goose guy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are they ducks or ducklings?
     
  3. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are ducklings.
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If they are a week old, they need 90F, if they are two weeks old, 85F, and so on, dropping 5 degrees a week. If you are not sure, I would go with 80 to 85F. A thermometer is really important. If they are in a tub brooder, it can get nasty hot in there.

    Their bath water (no soap) needs to be around 85 to 90F, and just deep enough to touch their bellies. Their legs grow fast, so they will be able to stand in much deeper water in just a few days - just watch.

    Oh, and someone must be with them every second when they are in the water. They can get in trouble and drown. They will tire out pretty quickly at first, maybe after 5, 10, 15 minutes. I expect you will be able to tell when they slow down.

    Take them out and set them into a clean dry warm brooder. If they don't start preening soon, gently wipe them dry with a dry washcloth.

    Read at least the first post here. https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/750869/raising-and-caring-for-ducklings#post_10611711
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I am happy you can get ahold of that starter feed! Did you get the chick grit? That is important. Not much, I just sprinkled a teaspoon on top of a 6 inch diameter feed bowl once a day, as Storey's Guide said to do.
     
  7. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry if the pictures are blurry. Ducklings don't like iPhones near them. [​IMG]
     
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  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    They are beautiful and they pics came out great.
     
  10. Crazy4Fowl

    Crazy4Fowl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks. We are getting more in the mail (supposed to) Thursday.
     

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