I don' t get it.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duck4u, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. duck4u

    duck4u Out Of The Brooder

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    When my ducklings first hatched and fluffed up, I put them in warm water. They swam fine and never sunk and they would dip they're heads.
    But they are 2 weeks old now. So I put them in warm water everyday. What happens is things are all settle. Then one starts to panic and thrash around causing him to sink and the other continues the loop. They wet themselves each time and have to be in the brooding box.
    I just don't get it .When they where younger they had no problem swimming. But all of the sudden now they do?
    y gooby....
     
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  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Sounds like they have no oils on their feathers. When they bath then preen they spread the oils from their oil gland all over their feathers. this is what keeps them from sinking when in the water. As far as not sinking when first hatched I have no idea because most ducklings when first hatched will water log pretty fast that's why we always suggest starting in shallow water.
     
  3. duck4u

    duck4u Out Of The Brooder

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    I put them two days later when they hatched into deep water and their just fine.
    I see my ducklings preening but I am not sure they have their oil glands working.
     
  4. duck4u

    duck4u Out Of The Brooder

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    I don't see them preening their oil glands a lot though.
    They look like their developing some bald spots. Could be new down or feathers?
     
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    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    It should be working but at 2 weeks still getting it going I would think, but the more they are in water the more they will preen and get that oil gland going.
     
  6. duck4u

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    So put them in water to get them preening?
    How do I do that?
    The dishes are too small to bathe in, they panic in the large container with the large qualities of water, and when I try to put them in shallow water, they don't even preen.
    They don't really preen their oil glands as much.
     
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    Letting them bath will get them to preening. how about a large container with water just to top of their legs? Preening and using their oil glands I have always seen comes natural.
     
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  8. Nebraskagirl

    Nebraskagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes to this. After my three ducks hop out of the water, one starts preening and the others immediately start as well. You don't have to have a lot of water; just enough for them to get wet with (and trust me, it takes VERY little for ducks to splash...lol.)
     
  9. Nebraskagirl

    Nebraskagirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Also make sure the water is very warm, not cold :)
     
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  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    That's for sure they can splash in a cup full. LOL
     

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