magpie ducks

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  1. JulieJo1216

    JulieJo1216 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have two female magpie ducks. They are 3 almost 4 weeks old, Maggie and puddles. We are working on the coop for them but for now they got to stay in their plastic tub inside the house under the light. During the day I put then in a pen outside in the back yard so they can enjoy the sun and a swim. My question is can I leave the water and food out of their plastic tub at night until morning? They just make such a mess with the water all over like a swamp and of course they poop more too. And the area is not that big for them. I would so much appreciate all your feed back. I'm very new at the Duck raising. I'm mastering the chicken raising now thanks to all of you on this sight :)
     
  2. kaylabeans28

    kaylabeans28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What we are doing is putting their feed and water up on bricks so it's taller and they can only get there head and beak in, and they don't make such a big mess like leaving down in the shavings or the floor of the brooder.
     
  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    I been told ducks are much messier than chickens especially since they are more dramatic poo-ers and they are always splashing around in water. That's their nature, and why they really can't be cooped with chickens. Chickens will not do well being on wet shavings and splashed upon.
     
  4. kaylabeans28

    kaylabeans28 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Exactly! Also, the more they're allowed to swim the less they'll play in their water i guess. Ducks, well any waterfowl are just hard to keep dry and clean 24/7!
     
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    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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  10. AnotherKim

    AnotherKim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought three magpie ducklings today. My 3 y/'o grandson insisted on naming on Zoe, so we have Zoe, Chloe, and Finn. I'm hoping I vent sexed them right and got all hens. I was following a You-tube video, and it wasn't as easy as the girl made it look. Anyway, I set my brooder up in an unused shower, so it will be easier to clean. The girls are about 4-5 days old. My chickens were brooded in an old Pack and Play, but my last ducks were so messy that I thought the shower would work better. I can't wait to see my husband's face when he walks in the bathroom, lol.
     

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