My Best Duckling Brooder Set-up Yet

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DrakeMaiden, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    I have tried a few brooder set-ups for ducklings, in my time, but this go-around I had to get it as close to perfect as I could, because I had 12 ducklings to house and could only clean up after them twice a day, most days. When they were a few days old they stayed in my older tuperware brooder, which I still think works well, but once they were big enough to get farther from the heat light, I put them in our old 100 gallon plexiglass aquarium. These aquariums are nearly perfect duckling brooders, IMO. All you really need to do is make sure the top holes are covered, if you have housecats, like I do.

    Here is a picture of my set-up, just after I added the ducklings. It hasn't looked this clean since.

    This time around, I didn't monkey around. As I have learned from experience, I made sure that the water area was lower than the bedding area, to minimize "bed wetting". [​IMG] I used sand to "soak up" the excess water near the waterers. I used plastic produce clamshell bottoms as trays (filled with sand) to keep the water as immobile as possible. The clamshells needed to be dumped regularly, and I replaced the sand a few times to keep things cleaner, but overall they helped immensely. Later, when I put a larger waterer in, I ditched the plastic clamshells for a smallish tupperware tub (again filled with sand).


    The bedding in the picture is the horse stall pellets that have been mentioned here in other threads. They worked great, IMO. I used them because the ducklings were choking on the super-fine pine shavings, which were all I had access to for pine shavings.

    Anyway, I hope this helps someone!

    Oh, and just for kicks, this is a photo I took, just after three ducklings hatched together and all went into the "fluff box" together. [​IMG]

  2. I want what is in the fluff box - too cute.
  3. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    Good idea! [​IMG] sounds like you've got it figured out, and it helps you keep things a LITTLE cleaner, lol. Your ducklings are adorable. [​IMG]
  4. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Great brooder!

    So are they all drakes? [​IMG]
  5. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Wait a minute . . . aren't all ducklings adorable???

    Thanks you all. I was very pleased with the relatively light amount of cleaning I had to do for 12 ducklings, so I thought it would be good to share what I have learned by trial and error.

    LOL, I'm not sure yet Terrie, but it looks like we might have 8 drakes to 4 ducks. Either that or we just have 4 very girly ducks, and a couple tomboy ducks. [​IMG]
  6. 1duckychick

    1duckychick Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Thanks for giving me an epiphany! My 6 are a little over 1 week and have already outgrwon the rubbermaid brooder I had for them. I've been trying to figure out what to use next. I never thought of putting our old fish tank to use. Thanks for the stoke of genius!
  7. DrakeMaiden

    DrakeMaiden Overrun with Drakes

    Jun 8, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    Yay! You are most welcome! Have fun with your little ones!
  8. tan66

    tan66 Hatching

    Yep have got my first 3 ducklings (1 week old) are boy are they messy!
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia John 3:16

    Yep they are but the cuteness makes up for it, don't you agree... AND [​IMG]
  10. polskituft

    polskituft In the Brooder

    Oct 18, 2012
    so cute

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