My ducks are massive pooping machines...normal?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by LilDucky85, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    Ok, so I’m new to the whole duck thing, forgive me if I’m a little behind. I just hatched 8 ducklings, and today they are 9, 8, and 7 days old. I've come to realize they are massive pooping machines! I read they poop a lot, but I had no clue this much. They eat and drink constantly...and did I mention grow constantly too?

    Anyway, I was cleaning out their cage yesterday and realized I just can’t keep it poopless! I had JUST cleaned it out and within 5 minutes there were dozens of landmines! Finally I counted the poop, and lost count at 26. Do they poop every minute, and a half or something? There is only 8 of them, so that’s 3.3 poops each? Are my ducks normal, or do they have ducky irritable bowel syndrome? Luckily it doesnt stink...yet!

  2. NancyDz

    NancyDz Songster

    Oct 9, 2008
    Dutch Flat, CA
    I've heard everyone say they are messy... so I'm thinking this is normal but I'm sure someone will chime in here shortly [​IMG]

  3. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Yup, perfectly normal duck behavior. They seen to poop almost as much as they breath. [​IMG]
  4. Bantam Bodon

    Bantam Bodon Songster

    Apr 12, 2009
    Osceola Mills PA
    Counting poop? I think youre way too into this....
    haha im just kidding, but no worries, its what they do. As long as theyre eating and drinking no reason to panic. Youre lucky if you said it doesnt stink yet, just wait for that!

  5. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    Yup, I counted! [​IMG] Finally I needed a number because "a lot" just didnt cut it for what I was seeing. I mean 26+ landmines in 5 minutes, wow! It smells and looks just like their food. Im waiting for the stinky stuff, then they will have to go out in the garage no matter how much this Illinois weather sucks! Its about 50's tonight but supposed to be 97 by Friday.
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  6. froggie71

    froggie71 Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
    Totally normal! Would be worried if you said they weren't poop machines. Wait till they start swimming to see how fast they water get dirty. Gotta love them though![​IMG]
  7. LilDucky85

    LilDucky85 Songster

    Feb 8, 2009
    Northern, Illinois
    Ive let them swim 3 times and yes, I couldnt keep it clean even if I tried! I figured I would get them in the water to clean up... not bathe in poop soup! [​IMG]

  8. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Songster

    Quote:[​IMG] "poop soup" I love it
  9. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Songster

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    Oh I can sympathize with you here. I'm cleaning the brooder for my two 4 week old Pekins 3 times a day! And I swear to you, I could clean it every hour and it would still be a mess!!

    It never ends!!!!

    I have 6 ducks. Two 4 week old Pekin ducks, two 2 week old Pekin ducks, and two 5 day old Call ducks. Talk about non stop cleaning?!?!?!

    Good luck!!


  10. Duck Keeper

    Duck Keeper Songster

    Mar 18, 2009
    Out in the Boonies
    I gave up with using cloths and towels in their brooder like three days in with my first set of waterfowl. [​IMG]

    Now I stick to newspaper, even if they eat some of it.
    I put a small layer down, like one or two papers thick (not sheets, whole newspapers), and have their waterer over the plain wire, with a drip pan underneath the wire. The duckling doesn't play with spilled water anymore, needless to say. [​IMG]

    The chicks are much happier.

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