just hatched ducklings

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ChiknNuggets, Mar 9, 2015.

  1. ChiknNuggets

    ChiknNuggets Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a question about my ducklings. I noticed they drink a lot of water. I have a small cup that I've been filling multiple times a day.They will run up while im pouring water into it and drink till it's all gone. I'm concerned they may be drinking too much and may get hurt or killed by an electrolyte imbalance. Should I restrict the amount of water or am I just being overly concerned?
     
  2. DUCKOBSESSED

    DUCKOBSESSED Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    If ducklings do not have water 24/7, when they do get it, they will over drink. So the solution to your concern is to provide them with a safe source (nothing they could drown in) of fresh water - all the time. They will make it murky quickly, so that is why I say fresh as opposed to clean [​IMG]

    Please please read the Sticky that DUCKOBSESSED provided.

    If you are worried about the brooder becoming a swamp (trust me I speak from experience with swampiness), take a look at these.

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/641902/created-a-water-saver-for-my-duck-brooder

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/679433/water-water-everywhere/10

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/858161/feed-water-solution-for-brooder#post_12901321

    http://frankiemakes.blogspot.ca/2012/06/watering-solution-for-ducks.html

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/259876/do-your-ducks-have-water-at-night/10#po
     
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  4. ChiknNuggets

    ChiknNuggets Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the replies. This is my first time raising waterfowl. I was aware they needed water to wash down their food and to clear out their nostrils. These little guys will just keep drinking till the bowl is empty. I've never seen an animal drink as much as these little guys do. I'm going to move them outside today they are pretty messy. Luckily I live in arizona and we're already hitting 85 degrees outside.
     
  5. needlessjunk

    needlessjunk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are they actually drinking all of it or playing in it too?
     
  6. Orca5094

    Orca5094 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many ducklings do you have and how big is this water bowl? Perhaps it is just too small for the number/size of the ducklings?
     
  7. ChiknNuggets

    ChiknNuggets Out Of The Brooder

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    I only have two. Its a small bowl they play in it but they are also drinking it as soon as I fill it they will even stick their head in the measuring cup while I'm pouring it in their bowl
     

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