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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by girls and guineas, Oct 15, 2012.
What to feed them?? Do they need a pool of water??
I recommend reading everything in the sticky area: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/256233/ducks-sticky-topics-index
Also buy Storeys guide to ducks (can be found at many libraries and at Amazon
Metzers also has an in depth area on care http://www.metzerfarms.com/#
Ditto Celtic Oaks Farm, and I like The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook, too.
I really like Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, too.
I feed my ducklings Mazuri Waterfowl starter.
They don't need a pool, but do need a drinking container deep enough to dunk their whole bill so they can clear their nares.
After my ducklings are a week or two old, I let them go for short swims in the bathtub. You have to make sure they don't get saturated with water and drown, though.
First of all,
Are you going to let them free range in your yard?
If not, do you have a very large space for them to run around in?
How are you going to manage all of the poop?
Yes... ducks LOOVVEE to swim! I can't think of anything they like more, for young ducks, you can start off with a kiddie pool, or for ducklings, I used a paint roller container, it's got a deep end and a shallow end for them to get out. How old are these ducks and what breed? Ohh Ohh... and what gender?
I still have a kiddie pool for my 5 ducks (2 muscovies, 1 Pekin, 2 Khaki Cambells) and they love swimming in that, but they also have a spa I bought for $25 off eBay that they love! They love diving, so if you could get something that is quite deep they'll thank you for it.
I'm really glad you decided to take on duck... they are so amazing!
There is a site on the forum on treats for ducks, if I find it I'll post the link.