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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Southrnmealworm, Aug 8, 2016.
At what age can a duck be introduced to a pool of water?
It's personal preference, really.
Many swim from birth. However, unless they are naturally brooded (mother) they should be in water only under supervision, and dried off thoroughly after. Even with a mom, ducklings should be restricted until they are 2-4 weeks.
Ducklings can swim unrestricted, unsupervised at 6-10 weeks- whenever they get their feathers totally in. This is when they get their oil and become "waterproof".
Awesome thanks very much..
I let mine play in shallow water that was the same temperature as the brooder from day two onward. At first it was in a cake pan, then we moved to the tub.
And I watched them closely, and made sure anyone who did not start preening got dried off with a washcloth.