Its my first time with ducks and i was looking for some tips...im geting runners(as the name suggests) and was wondering had any advise.(dont worry they arent here yet) ive done research and was just looking for a bit more.
There really are no pool requirements. If you do want to give them so pool playtime, get them a small kiddie pool. They work great! My runners free range so I don't really have a set amount. Water they can drink out of the kiddie pool, if you have one. I don't have much info. Because mine free range. Wait for duckyfromoz to get on. She will give you lots of info!
I ordered 3 that arrived last August. I brooded them in our great dane sized dog kennel/crate on the patio. Then fenced off a section of the deck for them to have during the day for a few weeks until they were old enough to free range during the day. They started with the small kiddie pool and then the big one. This spring I started building them a 7x12 raised pond. Once I was done, I only had 2 ducks
But they love their pond.
They free range and I fill up a quart waterer thing with food each morning and the 2 girls tend to eat most of that. Oddly, that was how much food I gave for 3 of them too.
Water - they have access all day, but I don't put water (or food) in with them in their night house.
Unlike Amiga, I did not spend alot of time with my runners when they were young
Some were a bit high strung though each had their own personality.
I got away from the chick type feeder and waterers very quickly. For food I use a large cat litter pan about 4-5" high. For water I use a horse corner feeder. It is tall enough that they can't (usually) get in it but big enough that it is good for at least 1 day. Its 6 gallons. I used to free feed but with the fruit rats here, I pick up their food at night.
Make sure you meet the niacin requirement. I just add a 500mg capsule (without the capsule) to a 5 gallon bottle.
They can be a little spazzy at times. Go slow. They herd instinctively (at least mine do) if you want them to go in a certain direction, hold up your opposite arm or a stick/pole. I have no problem herding my ducklings into the duck run if I'm not going to be home when it gets dark. They "got" it at about 4-5 weeks old.