Keeping Ducklings?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by ducklover101202, May 16, 2010.

  1. ducklover101202

    ducklover101202 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    I started out with 3 duck eggs. Ended up with 3 healthy ducklings! [​IMG] Only thing is they formed a bond with me and my parents said we have to give them to a farm after a couple of weeks. I know how to take care of them. I have been taking care of them and I did research so i know how to take care of them as adults too. We have a really big backyard and a place for them to sleep. Another question, has anyone had pet ducks and don't live on a farm? We also have water for them to swim in. How can I convince them. One of them imprinted on me too and follows me everywhere and crys when i put him down or leave. Here is a pic of them


    The[/URL] yellow pekin is named Percy, the black and yellow duckling next to Percy is Panda and the other black with yelow on neck duckling is Toothless
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  2. tigerrrrrrrlilly

    tigerrrrrrrlilly Songster

    Mar 27, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    A lot of us have pet ducks and don't live on a farm, I myself keep ducks and bantam chickens in my large backyard. You need to check the state/city laws regarding keeping poultry and if you have close neighbors it might be an issue with quacking females (they are loud), other than that 3 ducks in the backyard are fine with food, water in a kiddie pool and a predator-proof house for them to sleep. They really don't need anything else, although if they get sick an avian vet can be expensive and you should understand there may not be much you can do if you don't have one in your area.
    I suggest because they have imprinted and bonded with each other, that if you have to give them away be sure for them to go together.
    They make great backyard pets and very rarely do I have any trouble with illness and injury although it does happen on occasion as with any pet. I find them easier than dealing with my dogs for sure.
  3. Sweetfolly

    Sweetfolly Songster

    Apr 17, 2009
    Kildare, Wisconsin
    I'm breeding ducks, I have 29 ducks right now and around 20 chickens and chicks, and I'm in college living with my mom in a duplex! [​IMG]

    To be fair, the duplex is owned by my family (we rent the other side out), and it's on 7 acres in the middle of nowhere. We can't see our neighbors, and they can't hear the ducks (well, except for the neighbors in the duplex, and they signed the lease, so they have to deal with the birds and the noise [​IMG] ). The only problem you may have is that female ducks can be loud.

    Still, I don't see why you couldn't keep them! [​IMG]
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  4. ducklover101202

    ducklover101202 In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2010
    Thanks for the replies. I wish I could keep them. They follow me and cuddle on my lap [​IMG] Also should I give them warm water or cold water to drink? Because they walk in the water. Will they get chilled if the water is cold? And what can sneezing mean. They sneeze sometimes but nothing comes out of their nose but they are all very active.
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