My solution for messy ducklings and goslings

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Buxton Ducks, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just wanted to share this with anybody who gets frustrated at how messy ducklings and goslings can be versus chicks. I rushed getting my last duck clutch in an outside brooder due to this. I have tried a hundred different ways to place their water so that they won't walk in it and poop in it! I was seriously changing the bedding every 4 hours with only 4 of these little guys. A simple guinea pig water bottle does the trick! I got a flat-back clear bottle. They learned how to use it because of their affinity for shiny objects. I am currently raising two blue swedish and two sabastopol geese together and it is working like a charm. The geese are naturally a little smarter and figured it out in only a few minutes and the ducklings weren't too far behind. It is currently 32 degrees out and I cannot brood outside yet so they are all in my living room and I would prefer it not smell like ducks in here.
     
  2. Alesia

    Alesia Out Of The Brooder

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    cool idea would it work with chicks to?
     
  3. kjt135

    kjt135 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it works for chicks too I saw this and tried it. Mine fight over the bottle --need to get another one
     
  4. Alesia

    Alesia Out Of The Brooder

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    very cool might help to keep the brooding box clean huh?
     
  5. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah my two sabastopols and swede's are fighting over the one now. It is good to know it works for chicks too!
     
  6. sheeshshe

    sheeshshe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Small world, but we live in the same town!
     
  7. SkyeSchazade

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    I love this idea! My kids have been begging for ducklings and I've been putting it off because of how messy they are. If I can use this trick the kids will be happy with ducks and I will be happy not having to change bedding 10 times a day! [​IMG]Now to find some Cayugas....
     
  8. tweetysvoice

    tweetysvoice Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If there is no actual water dish, then the ducklings will need to have a dish to soak their head in to clean out their nostrils, or at least have a swim/bath a couple times a day. Ducks have to soak their bills in water to clear out gunk that gets stuck in there.
     
  9. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A daily bath tub swim and a good dry-off does the trick! (make sure there are no chemicals is the tub)
     
  10. Buxton Ducks

    Buxton Ducks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tonights "bath"
     
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